How often do you admire a tree – whether it is its flowers, unusual leaves or spectacular size and shape – and not even know its name? How awesome would it be to be able to quickly identify it, learn more about it and share the knowledge with your family and friends?
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Nowadays we are spoilt for choice in accessing information and the biggest challenge is being able to sort the accurate from the incorrect. That’s where high quality, research-based smartphone and tablet applications offer the most value. With a couple of taps you can sound like an expert, thanks to the experts.
You and your family are in for a real treat with a new application that assists in the identification of trees. A team of ardent pioneers, including Val Thomas, Dr Robbie (Ernest) Robison and Herman Van den Berg, have made South Africa’s vast array of tree species the subject of the award-winning, brand new app, TheTreeApp South Africa.
It is beautifully constructed and illustrated and needs WiFi to download, but thereafter doesn’t require any data connection for its usage. An initial thorough going-over of the help section, will make the tree identification experience a lot more fun. It is highly absorbing so prepare to have to drag yourself out of the garden if you need to get any holiday chores done.
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Using the phone’s location setting, the app offers up options that are relevant to any specific area within South Africa, within a range of a 12,5 km radius, to help the user narrow down the possible species. This aspect of the app is most helpful, considering in total it features more than 1,100 species including 979 indigenous trees and 135 invasive species.
Identification can be made using leaves, flowers, fruit, growth, form, woody features, thorns or latex. The number of potential options is reduced with every identifier until a positive identification can be made. The structure and terminology are designed to appeal equally to the layman as to those more familiar with the Latin terms and scientific information.
TheTreeApp South Africa is available on Apple’s App Store or Google Play at R499.