BOTANY AT YOUR FIN­GER­TIPS

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Are you the kind of per­son who packs the car the mo­ment you hear the spring-flower spec­ta­cle has started, but for the life of you can­not re­mem­ber all the flower names? John Man­ning’s pop­u­lar Photo Guide to the Wild­flow­ers of South Africa, with pho­tos and step-by-step iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of more than 900 wild­flow­ers in South Africa, Le­sotho, Swaziland and Namibia, is now avail­able as an app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod. ( The An­droid ver­sion will be avail­able later this year.)

Say you’re in the veld, see a flower and won­der what its name is – or per­haps you’re sim­ply cu­ri­ous about it. You se­lect the flower colour, the month and the re­gion where you are (grass­land, sa­van­nah, fyn­bos or Na­maqua­land). A short list of pos­si­ble species will ap­pear on your screen, with clear pic­tures and dis­tri­bu­tion maps to make it even eas­ier to iden­tify the flower.

You’re also given the plant species name in sev­eral lan­guages, as well as a de­scrip­tion of the species, flow­er­ing time, habi­tat and an in­ter­est­ing fact or two. The flower species you have now iden­ti­fied can also be marked au­to­mat­i­cally in the app us­ing your GPS lo­ca­tion.

Once you have in­stalled the app, you don’t need an In­ter­net con­nec­tion to use it. The app is up­dated reg­u­larly at no charge. R360 from the iTunes store

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