App pro­vides de­tails on rare plants

Pilbara News - - Business -

A new app is avail­able to bud­ding botanists to aid in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of rare plants through­out the Pil­bara.

The free Rare and Pri­or­ity Plants of the Pil­bara app pro­vides easy ac­cess to de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about rare plant species and makes track­ing rare plants in the Pil­bara eas­ier.

De­vel­oped by the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Rio Tinto, the new ser­vice pro­vides tar­geted re­search rel­e­vant to both or­gan­i­sa­tions.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob, who last week launched the app, said it pro­vided de­scrip­tions, dis­tri­bu­tion maps, im­ages and a sim­ple iden­ti­fi­ca­tion guide for 167 rare and lit­tle-known plant species.

He said the app was im­por­tant be­cause the in­for­ma­tion would help the Gov­ern­ment, in­dus­try and the com­mu­nity make bet­ter de­ci­sions about con­ser­va­tion plan­ning.

The app, which is avail­able for Ap­ple or An­droid phones, would also ap­peal more broadly to na­ture lovers and peo­ple with an in­ter­est in plants.

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