Thursday, March 2, 2017

Resources for Identifying Plants around Bergamo

Front cover of Erbe di città.Back cover of Erbe di città.Front cover of Fiori di montagna delle Alpi Sud Occidentali.Back cover of Fiori di montagna delle Alpi Sud Occidentali.Sample page of Fiori di montagna delle Alpi Sud Occidentali.
From left to right: Front and back covers of Erbe di città, front and back covers of Fiori di montagna delle Alpi Sud Occidentali and sample page.

Here are some of the resources we use to identify plants we see on our hikes around Bergamo. The items marked with an asterisk (*) are the ones we tend to use the most.
Fiori delle Orobie series. 1. Collina e bassa montagna.Fiori delle Orobie series. 2. Gli alberi.Fiori delle Orobie series. 3. Media e alta montagna.
Fiori delle Orobie series. 1. Collina e bassa montagna. 2. Gli alberi. 3. Media e alta montagna.
  • Apps
    • * Wild-flowers App is for flower identification in France and Western Europe. The app has a wizard that lets you search by color, shape, type of inflorescence, leaf margin, or arrangement of leaves to produce a list of matches. You can search also by family or genera. Overall, this is a well-designed app.
    • Washington Wildflowers App.  Woah!? Yes, this app is for Washington State in the USA, but it still a great way to get "close" to the right family and genus when you have a flower you never seen before. Like the Wild-flowers App,  a wizard allows you to select different characteristics of the flower and shows you a list of matches.
    • Two other apps focused on European flowers that I tried are Wildflowers of Europe and Asia - eFlowersEA and Flora Europe. The former is only useful if you know what are looking for. The latter has a wizard, but you are immediately forced to use the wizard which limits the ability to explore different families, genera or species of plants like Wild-flowers App does. 
 Erbe spontanee commestibili by Luciano and Gatti back cover Erbe spontanee commestibili by Luciano and Gatti front coverBrochure created by the Rete orti botanici lombardia, called Piante degli incolti Brochure created by the Rete orti botanici lombardia, called Piante degli incolti Brochure created by the Rete orti botanici lombardia, called Piante del sottobosco.Brochure created by the Rete orti botanici lombardia, called Piante del sottobosco.
From left to right: Erbe spontanee commestibili by Luciano and Gatti and brochures created by the Rete orti botanici lombardia, called Piante degli incolti and Piante del sottobosco.

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