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Northwest Mountain Wildflowers

Northwest Mountain Wildflowers
  • #: 244570
  • Price: $9.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: 2012-09-05
  • Current Version: 1.2
  • 1.2
  • Size: 203.00 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Patrick Leger
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later
  • © 2010 Earthrover Software
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Description

Northwest Mountain Wildflowers is a field guide adapted by Daniel Mathews from his book, Cascade-Olympic Natural History, originally published with the Audubon Society of Portland. The app also incorporates the flowers from Mathews' Rocky Mountain Natural History. In all, it covers a region stretching from Vancouver Island to Wyoming's Wind River Range, and from the northern Oregon Coast Range to Jasper National Park. It identifies 550 species and illustrates them with 926 full-screen photos—far more than were in the books.

The flowers aren't just identified: you'll find pages and pages of fascinating natural history, biographies of the naturalist-explorers the plants are named after, help with pronouncing and understanding the scientific names, and more. Here's some of what others have said about the two books:

"Not only informative, but literate and shrewd."

—Gary Snyder

"In the high country in summer it becomes a near-bible, opening a world that grows more mysterious and beautiful even as its grandeur is defined and its intricacies known."

—David James Duncan

"As a park ranger I find myself reaching for it daily to answer questions. The writing is superb and one finds oneself reading it by a fire on a cold winter day just because."

—Geordie Romer, back-country ranger, North Cascades N.P.

This app uses Earthrover Software's field guide interface, which is far easier to use than other iPhone field guides.

You can choose among several paths to your plant: just check off your location and then scroll through thumbnail photos by color; use flower structure and leaf features for a precise search; browse in the index, viewing your choice of common names, scientific names, or both mixed together; look for them by plant family; or enter keywords and let the app search for those. Search results are viewable both as a list of names and a screen of thumbnail photos.

The app resides in memory. Hey, when you’re off in the mountains you don’t want to be dependent on a signal, do you? But when you’re back on a network, you’ll find direct links from the species pages to online resources.

For many nature buffs, this guide covers a big enough range to encompass 95% of their wanderings, not just their top five day hikes. Yet the range is small enough for the guide to speak with a Northwest voice, from enough regional experience and familiarity to get the geographic details right. The Northwest is an ecological continuum; a majority of the 500 species grow in at least 6 of the 7 states and provinces.

The region’s woody plants are covered in our companion app, Northwest and Rocky Mountain Trees and Shrubs.

What's New in Version 1.2

Adds 36 species and 76 photos; minor content updates.

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Rated 5/5 based on 3 customer reviews.

 

5/5 stars

Well done

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I've been looking for a wildflower app for a while (yes, I'm aware there are others but they are from publishers whose work hasn't impressed me in the past and their prices don't encourage me to gamble on another disappointment). I found this one last week. This app is well done. You can browse through flower photos by color to find what you are looking for or use the Search. The Search allows you to enter such information as Location, Habitat, Flowers (petal type/arrangement) and leaves. I've "tested" the search functionality against known flowers. Works well. You can also look up known flowers by name (Latin or common) in the Index. The photos are of good quality and many species have multiple photos.

I found the fruit section to be particularly of interest and look forward to seeing it expanded. However, that section has already allowed me to solve the puzzle of a seed head that has eluded me for a couple years.

The app could be improved by the addition of more species and also by the inclusion of alternate common names in the text (some a.k.a's). For example, Monarda fistulosa is known also as "wild bergamot" in addition to "mint-leaf bee balm," Clematis hirsutissima is also known as "sugarbowl," Anemone patens is known as "pasqueflower," etc.

I hope the publisher continues to add to this app. This buyer would be willing to pay for updates that added significant content. I'm satisfied with what I received for what I paid, for sure, but I still want more. In the mean time, and perhaps most telling of all, I will go buy the other wildflower apps from the same publisher as I now know and am satisified with the quality of their product.

5/5 stars

Ahh this is good.

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Been looking for a wildflower app for the Pacific Northwest. I'm very pleased with this one. I especially like the web links to the Burke. I had already been using that site from time to time, and I felt like I had a connection to the folks who know about this area. It's always nice to find a resource for the Pacific Northwest instead of being subjected to merely "Western US". I don't think you can overestimate the value of a field guide that weighs so little! Thank you for making this app!

5/5 stars

Lovely wildflower App

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As a long-time botanist, I really appreciate how easy this is to use (when I was trying to get my daughter to start learning flowers), and how beautiful the photographs are. I wish I had a chance to get out to the mountains to use it more often.

Digital keys are hard to put together, and all the ones I tried worked perfectly. So if you're headed to the mountains and don't want to carry a big flora or flower book, try this. You'll love it.

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