I have a Chamaerops humilis in my apartment and in there is these small plants growing. I live in Denmark, Europe and my palm tree has only been inside my apartment since i got it.
Can anyone identify this plant?
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It's a bit early yet, but it looks very much like a weed known in my area as "cleavers" or "clingweed" (Galium aparine) because of it's tiny stiff hairs which make it catch and cling to clothing. The picture below is for a fully mature plant, which is stiffer and stickier than when they first sprout. Note the whorl arrangement of (usually six) leaves, with each leaf having a "point" protruding from the tip, the distrubution of hooked hairs along stem and leaf, and the initially prostrate habit (they grow along the ground initially). The mature stem will be squarish and easily crushed.
Though your plant's leaves are broader, there are ~650 species of Galium, and I believe yours will be either Galium aparine or Galium mollugo. But you'll be able to tell what it truly is when it flowers.
9 Best Free Plant Identification Apps For Android & iOS
When you are a gardener, passionate about plants, or a wildlife explorer, having a plant identification app installed on your phone can be very handy. If you didn’t know, there are many mobile apps for this purpose.
In addition to the general plant recognition apps, many others focus particularly on identifying trees, flowers, vegetables, edible and medicinal plants, aquarium & pond plants, mushrooms, weeds, wildflowers, indoor plants, and more. There are also various apps related to plant care, watering reminders, journals, garden management, etc.
As a gardening enthusiast or someone who loves plants, you will encounter many situations when you’ll want to find out the name of a particular herb, weed, tree, or flower. You can always try to find it online, but if that plant doesn’t have enough distinctive features, finding out its species can be pretty challenging.
Plant identification apps are useful tools for gardeners and not only. They are also valuable for students, professors, researchers, biologists, explorers, and even people who frequently go into the wild and need to differentiate the edible plants from the toxic ones.
Below is a list of the apps I like and which I consider most helpful for me or any plant enthusiast. I have listed them based on my personal preferences, ease of use, plant detection capabilities, and other features that I found valuable. The scores I gave to apps reflect only my own experience for the sole purpose of finding out a plant’s name from a photo.
Because I value your time and know that not everyone is interested in reading the review of every app, I have also included the table below for quick navigation.
|1||PlantNet Plant Identification||Android/iOS|
|2||LeafSnap – Plant Identification||Android/iOS|
|3||PlantSnap – Identify Plants, Flowers, Trees & More||Android/iOS|
|7||PictureThis: Identify Plant, Flower, Weed and More||Android/iOS|
|8||Flora Incognita – Automated Plant Identification||Android/iOS|
If you have the time, below you can read more about every app and the things I liked and didn’t like about each of them.
PictureThis: Identify Plant, Flower, Weed and More
Instantly identify plants. Accurate, fast and content rich! In addition to description and plant care tips, enjoy beautiful plant pictures around the world.
PictureThis helps more than 30,000,000 users identify, learn, and enjoy all kinds of plants: flowers, trees, succulents, cacti and more!
When you take a walk during sunny days, have you ever come across a beautiful flower you would know more about? When you’re doing gardening work, have you ever needed tips on plant caring? Simply take a photo of the plant, PictureThis answers all the questions for you.
PictureThis is capable of identifying 10,000+ plant species with accuracy of 98%, better than most human experts. With revolutionary artificial intelligence engine, it’s constantly learning from experts and specialists, identify more and better everyday. And now it’s all at your fingertips! Picture this plant, and enjoy!
- Instantly identify thousands of plants, flowers, and trees with advanced artificial intelligence
- Learn about plants and discover beautiful plant pictures taken by our users around the world
- Get suggestions and advice from a network of friendly horticulture specialists
--Plant care tips and water reminders, help you better grow your lovely plants
- Easy-to-use interface with friendly guides, help you get the best photo
- Quickly and easily share your photos with a growing community of plant lovers
- Keep track of all the plants, trees, and flowers you identify in your own personal collection
PictureThis team hopes to build a vibrant community for plant lovers and help more people know more about plants. PictureThis is also a recommended-app on Google Play.
How it works?
To identify a plant you simply need to simply snap a photo of the plant, and the app will tell you what it is in a matter of seconds!
PlantSnap can currently recognize 90% of all known species of plants and trees, which covers most of the species you will encounter in every country on Earth.
Identify that Plant
When you’ve gone for a hike in the woods and discovered a beautiful flowering plant, have you ever wondered what it is called?
When you’ve visited a friend or vacationed in a new region, have you come across strange, unfamiliar plants and wondered about them?
When you’re driving to work and you look around while stopped at a traffic signal, have you noticed a tree in lovely fall color and wondered what tree that might be?
And have you then gone looking for the answer to your questions and been frustrated because you can’t figure it out?
I have! I’ve used field guides, Internet search engines, searches of podcasts, etc. to get my answers. In the process I found the information labeled as “plant identification” or “identify this plant” usually does not tell me HOW to identify a plant. It just shows me pictures of plants someone has identified without telling me how they figured that out.
I created Identify that Plant as a content-rich website to help you learn how to identify plants you find around you every day. The site features videocasts showing how to develop your plant identification skills, along with links to numerous resources and information to assist you in that process.
The biggest benefit I have received from learning how to identify plants is this: I now feel quite safe in my home environment. I know the plants I see every day where I live. Maybe not all of them, but a whole lot more than I used to know.
/>What excites me even more than knowing how to identify plants — and actually identifying them — is the opportunity to discover plants which have medicinal or edible value. I love uncovering “treasure” around me.
You, too, can experience the confidence, delight and comfort in knowing how to identify plants where you live. You can even become the plant expert among your friends.
PlantNet Plant Identification
[email protected] is an application that allows you to identify plants simply by photographing them with your smartphone. Very useful when you don't have a botanist on hand! [email protected] is also a great citizen science project: all the plants you photograph are collected and analysed by scientists around the world to better understand the evolution of plant biodiversity and to better preserve it.
[email protected] allows you to identify and better understand all kinds of plants living in nature: flowering plants, trees, grasses, conifers, ferns, vines, wild salads or cacti. [email protected] can also identify a large number of cultivated plants (in parks and gardens) but this is not its primary purpose. We especially need [email protected]’s users to inventory the wild plants, those that you can observe in nature of course but also those that grow on the sidewalks of our cities or in the middle of your vegetable garden!
The more visual information you give to [email protected] about the plant you are observing, the more accurate the identification will be. There are indeed many plants that look alike from afar and it is sometimes small details that distinguish two species of the same genus. Flowers, fruits and leaves are the most characteristic organs of a species and it is them that should be photographed first. But any other detail can be useful, such as thorns, buds or hair on the stem. A photograph of the whole plant (or the tree if it is one!) is also very useful information, but it is often not sufficient to allow a reliable identification.
At present [email protected] makes it possible to recognize about 20,000 species. We are still a long way from the 360,000 species living on earth, but [email protected] is getting richer every day thanks to the contributions of the most experienced users among you. Don't be afraid to contribute yourself! Your observation will be reviewed by the community and may one day join the photo gallery illustrating the species in the application.
The new version of [email protected] released in January 2019 includes many improvements and new features:
- The ability to filter recognized species by genus or family.
- The differentiated data revision that gives more weight to users who have demonstrated the most skills (in particular the number of species observed, validated by the community).
- The re-identification of shared observations, whether yours or those of other users of the application.
- The multi-flora identification that allows you to search for the photographed plant in all the flora of the application and not only in the one you have selected. Very useful when you are not sure what flora to look for.
- The selection of your favorite floras to access them more quickly.
- The navigation at different taxonomic levels in image galleries.
- The mapping of your observations.
- Links to many factsheets.
Identifying a Houseplant
Ask a Question Here are the "What is This Plant?" Questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
Question: Identifying a Houseplant?
I was given this plant as a gift, but have no idea what species it is. I also don't know how best to look after it. I would be grateful for any pointers!
Question: What is This Plant?
This plant belongs to a friend of mine and she is having trouble finding out what it is. It is thriving very well, but she just doesn't know what it is called.
Question: Identifying a Houseplant? (Schefflera)
Could you please tell me what this plant is?
Question: Identifying a Houseplant?
I am trying to find out what this plant is.
Question: What is This Houseplant?
Can anyone out there identify this house plant? The guy I bought it from did not know what it is. He just said it requires only low light and he has not watered it in 6 months.Thanks so much.
Question: What Is This Houseplant?
I've tried looking up this plant by description with no luck. I'm trying to identify the type so that I know how to care for it. I need help badly for it's a family heirloom of sorts.
Question: Identifying a Houseplant?
I received this plant as a gift a few months back and I love it. But I don't know what it is called or proper care instructions for it. If I can get the name of it, I should be able to find the rest of the info I need.
Question: What Is This Houseplant? (Amaryllis)
I bought this at Walmart and over the last few months I have nursed it back. Now it has flowered. It is beautiful! What is it? Lol
Question: What Is This Houseplant?
I was given this plant and I have no idea what kind it is.
Question: What Are These Houseplants? (Kalanchoe)
After my beloved mamaw's funeral, my parents gave me several of the large sympathy arrangements and baskets of blooming plants. Nothing was labeled, besides 'blooming plants' on a tag under the basket, and there were several small pots in the basket with blooms.
Question: Identifying a Houseplant (Mistletoe Cactus)?
Can anyone help me identify this plant? I have had it a few years now. Someone has asked me for a piece of it and I am not sure how to divide it or start a cutting.
Question: Identifying a Houseplant?
I received this plant as a gift, but with no ID. It seems to like a lot of water and the only thing the sticker says is herb. I already transplanted it into a larger pot, but I'm not sure if it's doing well or not.
Question: Identifying a Houseplant?
I really liked this small plant from IKEA, so I decided to buy it. However, I've searched everywhere and I still can't identify its type. Its leaves are not smooth they feel almost like paper, its branches are a little fuzzy, and it's average in size.
For the Birders
Birdwatching is one of the most common forms of citizen science. Seeing birds in the wilderness is certainly awe-inspiring, but you can birdwatch from your backyard or while walking down the sidewalk in big cities, too. With Cornell University’s eBird app, you can contribute to bird science at any time, anywhere. (Just be sure to remain a safe distance from wildlife—and other humans, while we social distance). If you have safe access to outdoor space—a backyard, perhaps—Cornell also has a NestWatch program for people to report observations of bird nests. Smithsonian’s Migratory Bird Center has a similar Neighborhood Nest Watch program as well.
Birdwatching is easy enough to do from any window, if you’re sheltering at home, but in case you lack a clear view, consider these online-only projects. Nest Quest currently has a robin database that needs volunteer transcribers to digitize their nest record cards.
You can also pitch in on a variety of efforts to categorize wildlife camera images of burrowing owls, pelicans, penguins (new data coming soon!), and sea birds. Watch nest cam footage of the northern bald ibis or greylag geese on NestCams to help researchers learn about breeding behavior.
Or record the coloration of gorgeous feathers across bird species for researchers at London’s Natural History Museum with Project Plumage.A pressed Wister's coralroot below a letter and sketch of the flower. (Image courtesy of C.V. Starr Virtual Herbarium of The New York Botanical Garden)
Mitosis, also called karyokinesis, is division of the nucleus and its chromosomes. It is followed by division of the cytoplasm known as cytokinesis. Both mitosis and cytokinesis are parts of the life of a cell called the Cell Cycle. Most of the life of a cell is spent in a non-dividing phase called Interphase. Interphase includes G1 stage in which the newly divided cells grow in size, S stage in which the number of chromosomes is doubled and appear as chromatin, and G2 stage where the cell makes the enzymes & other cellular materials needed for mitosis.
Mitosis has 4 major stages — Prophase, Metaphase, Anaphase, and Telophase. When a living organism needs new cells to repair damage, grow, or just maintain its condition, cells undergo mitosis.
During Prophase, the DNA and proteins start to condense. The two centrioles move toward the opposite end of the cell in animals or microtubules are assembled in plants to form a spindle. The nuclear envelope and nucleolus also start to break up.
During Metaphase, the spindle apparatus attaches to sister chromatids of each chromosome. All the chromosomes are line up at the equator of the spindle. They are now in their most tightly condensed form.
During Anaphase, the spindle fibers attached to the two sister chromatids of each chromosome contract and separate chromosomes which move to opposite poles of the cell.
In Telophase, as the 2 new cells pinch in half (animal cells) or a cell plate forms (plant cells), the chromosomes become less condensed again and reappear as chromatin. New membrane forms nuclear envelopes and the nucleolus is reformed.
In this lab, you will determine the approximate time it takes for a cell to pass through each of the four stages of mitosis. You may use your textbook and class notes to help you identify the stages of mitosis as seen under the microscope.
Microscope, prepared slide onion root tip or whitefish blastula, textbook, lab worksheet, pencil
The identification of biological organisms can be greatly simplified using tools such as dichotomous keys. A dichotomous key maker is an organized set of couplets of mutually exclusive characteristics of biological organisms. You simply compare the characteristics of an unknown organism against an appropriate dichotomous key. These keys will begin with general characteristics and lead to couplets indicating progressively specific characteristics. If the organism falls into one category, you go to the next indicated couplet. By following the key and making the correct choices, you should be able to identify your specimen to the indicated taxonomic level.
Couplets can be organized in several forms. The couplets can be presented using numbers (numeric) or using letters (alphabetical). The couplets can be presented together or grouped by relationships. There is no apparent uniformity in presentation for dichotomous keys.
Sample keys to some common beans used in the kitchen:
Numeric key with couplets presented together. The major advantage of this method of presentation is that both characteristics in a couple can be evaluated and compared very easily.
|1a.||Bean round||Garbanzo bean|
|1b.||Bean elliptical or oblong||Go to 2|
|2a.||Bean white||White northern|
|2b.||Bean has dark pigments||Go to 3|
|3a.||Bean evenly pigmented||Go to 4|
|3b.||Bean pigmentation mottled||Pinto bean|
|4a.||Bean black||Black bean|
|4b.||Bean reddish-brown||Kidney bean|
Alphabetical key with couplets grouped by relationship. This key uses the same couplet choices as the key above. The choices within the first and succeeding couplets are separated to preserve the relationships between the characteristics.
|A.||Bean elliptical or oblong||Go to B|
|B. Bean has dark pigments||Go to C|
|C. Bean color is solid||Go to D|
|C. Bean color is mottled||Pinto bean|
|D. Bean is black||Black bean|
|D. Bean is reddish-brown||Kidney bean|
|B. Bean is white||White northern|
|A.||Bean is round||Garbanzo bean|
Rules for Using Dichotomous Keys:
When you follow a dichotomous key, your task becomes simpler if you adhere to a few simple rules of thumb:
- Read both choices in a couplet carefully. Although the first description may seem to fit your sample, the second may apply even better.
- Keep notes telling what sequence of identification steps you took. This will allow you to double-check your work later and indicate sources of mistakes, if they have been made.
- If you are unsure of which choice to make in a couplet, follow both forks (one at a time). After working through a couple of more couplets, it may become apparent that one fork does not fit your sample at all.
- Work with more than one sample if at all possible. This will allow you to tell whether the one you are looking at is typical or atypical. This is especially true when working with plants – examine more than one leaf, branch, cone, seed, flower,…etc.
- When you have keyed out an organism, do not take your effort as the final result. Double check your identification scheme, using your notes. Find a type specimen (if available) and compare your unknown to the type specimen. If a type specimen is unavailable, find a good description of the indicated taxonomic group and see if your unknown reflects this description.
- When reading a couplet, make sure you understand all of the terms used. The best keys will have a glossary of technical terms used in the key. If a glossary is unavailable, find a good reference work for the field (textbook, biological dictionary,…etc.) to help you understand the term.
- When a measurement is indicated, make sure that you take the measurement using a calibrated scale. Do not “eyeball” it or take a guess.
Using a container of beans, use one of the dichotomous keys above to identify the beans. Glue the beans to the card provided and label them with their common name. Indicate what steps you followed to arrive at your answer. Turn the card in to your instructor. Compare your answers to the instructor’s descriptions and type specimen.
Obtain samples of the snack chips provided. Develop a dichotomous key to identify the snacks. In your notebook, keep track of the characteristics you used to differentiate between the different snack families. What are the values of the characteristic for each snack food?