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About the Observer Pro smart phone application

The Observer Pro is an application for smart phones that allows you to quickly and efficiently report wild plant occurrences. This application makes it easy for you to report the species name, date, and location of over 10,000 California native and non-native plant taxa. You can also add a photograph to a report, and share it with others later to confirm identification. Your reports are transmitted wirelessly to the Calflora database, where you can edit them and see them on a map.

To use the application, you need to

When you upload observations from your phone, they go into your account in the database in an unpublished state. You can use the My Observations application to edit your observations, and when they are ready, publish them so that they are visible to other Calflora users.


This is an excellent question. Due to the nature of the Android system, we are unable to guarantee that it will work on any particular Android phone until we have had the opportunity to test the app on that model.

The current version works reliably on Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later, on the following devices:



Tips for using Observer Pro:

Mapping points, lines and polygons

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