Archive for the ‘Publications, Apps, and Websites’ category

The List of Plant ID Apps is Growing

April 9, 2012

The list of iPhone and iPad apps for plant identification is now up to 45 on our blog post.  Click Here to see the post and the list that includes apps from around the world.  We don’t have enough money to download and review them all but some look pretty nice while others look thrown together.  We couldn’t find any for the graminoids but they may be coming eventually.

One of the many screens that help you identify wildflowers of the Central and Southern Appalachians.

Follow NYFA on Twitter

April 8, 2012

You can now follow us on Twitter to get real-time updates on what’s blooming, field trips, workshops, conferences, botanical articles and more! Our twitter address is @newyorkflora. If you tweet about our flora we can also retweet it here. Our blog side panel displays the latest 3 tweets. Enjoy!

Bark: A New Field Guide to Northeastern Trees

April 1, 2012

Here is a book that has not been done before but is a great help to identifying trees in the winter or when the leaves and buds are too high off the ground to ID easily. As it says in the Foreword, why hasn’t this done before, especially in an area where the trees are leafless for so long?  Many field guides to trees include photos of the bark but this one has color photos from different ages of the trees to show how bark changes over the life of the tree. There is a nice introduction about the structure and different kinds of bark as well as bark ecology. Make sure you read this section before using the rest of the book. Michael focuses on 67 species of native trees that grow over 30 feet tall. He advises caution when using it in urban parks and streets where many exotics are planted. A series of illustrated keys gets you to the right group of trees which are well illustrated and described. This book will be a great addition to other tree books that we use in the field. No native tree shall go unidentified!

For more info on the book and Michael’s speaking schedule (close to Eastern New York and one in the Catskills in July) click on his website below. – Steve Young


Newcomb’s Gets a New Cover

March 18, 2012

Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide received a new look that changed the old yellow-border wildflower cover to a new one featuring a wildflower meadow leading to a shack and a blue title area. The inside has not changed with taxonomy that is very out-of-date. See our sidebar with a link to the updated names.


Citizen Science Projects With Plants at Project Noah

March 5, 2012

The website and smartphone apps of Project Noah make up a citizen science project that has users create “missions” where people can contribute  information and photos on plants and animals across the globe as well as communicate with other people on the mission. Searching for missions in “New York” you get the following list of missions that include plants:

Wildflowers of New York State – sponsored by NYFA!

Flowers of North America

Great Pollinator Project of NYC

Wildflowers of North America

Ferns of Northeastern U.S.

Plants of Pennsylvania

Flora and Fauna of Prospect Park Brooklyn

Leaves of North America

Grasses of the Northeast

Nature of New York

Fall into Phenology

Weeds of NYC

NYC Parks Life

Northeastern Freshwater Wetland Wildlife and Vegetation

More information about the purpose of the project is HERE.

It has teacher resources so you can use it for a nature study curriculum and it has also been used for bioblitzes. The nice part is that you can use your smartphone to enter data quick and easy but of course since it can be used by everyone, the quality of the reports are not always the best.

Explore the site and see what you think. If you like the idea, join the Wildflowers of New York State and start entering data! – Steve Young

This is the title page of the iPhone app.

MyNature Apps You Tube Channel Has Many Videos on Identifying Native Plants

February 17, 2012

MyNature Apps has a You Tube Channel  that features many videos on how to identify many of our common wildflowers.

Here is one of his videos identifying Spotted Joe-Pye-Weed.

MyNature Apps Has Fun Quiz for Identifying State Trees

February 17, 2012

CLICK HERE to see how to get this fun app for identifying state trees.

New Endemic Yellow-eyed Grass, Xyris bracteicaulis, is Described From Long Island

February 15, 2012

A new yellow-eyed grass, Xyris bracteicaulis (Xyridaceae) has been described by Dr. Lisa Campbell of the New York Botanical Garden. It is known only from a single historical collection from Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island which also makes it a new endemic plant for the state. The Coastal Plain pondshore habitat in New York supports dynamic plant communities with species rare for the state. In this publication from Harvard Papers in Botany, the new species is described, illustrated, and compared to morphologically similar specimens.  To access the article CLICK HERE.

Bloom App Brings Spring Closer

February 11, 2012

February 11 is the day when the end of winter starts. The dead of winter lasts from January 10-February 10 according to meteorologists and is the stretch of the winter with the coldest temperatures.  If you would like to imagine what spring will bring and you have an iPhone, you can sprinkle a few flowers around your favorite winter landscape with a fun app called Bloom.  You can see how it works in the photo I took below. I feel more cheerful already! – Steve Young


Smartphone Apps for Nature Research and Education

February 6, 2012

The Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department at the University of Florida has come up with an extensive list of apps to use for outdoor data collection and research.  To see the list CLICK HERE. Some of these will be very helpful to people studying the flora of New York.