As the year draws to a close, many of us are making plans for a breakaway, or at least time spent huddled around our lovingly prepared Christmas meals with family. There will be walks along the coast, ventures into the bush and mountain hikes, and if you’re anything like me; quiet time close to nature to recharge, restore and prepare for 2018. Excitingly this year I will also be discovering and identifying trees with TheTreeApp South Africa, allowing me to learn about and put names to my beloved wooden friends.
How often do you admire a tree – whether it is its flowers, unusual leaves or spectacular size and shape – and not even know its name? How wonderful would it be to be able to quickly identify them, learn more about it and share the knowledge with your family and friends?
Nowadays we are spoilt for choice in accessing information and the biggest challenge is being able to sort the accurate from the incorrect. That’s where high quality, research-based smartphone and tablet apps offer the most value. With a couple of taps we can sound like an expert, thanks to the experts.
A team of ardent pioneers, including Val Thomas, Dr Robbie (Ernest) Robison and Herman Van den Berg, have made South Africa’s vast array of tree species the subject of the award-winning, brand new app, TheTreeApp South Africa.
How it works
It is beautifully constructed and illustrated and needs WiFi to download, but then doesn’t require any data connection to use it. An initial thorough going-over of the help section, will make the tree identification experience a lot more fun. It is highly absorbing so prepare to have to drag yourself out of the garden if you need to get any holiday chores done.
Using the phone’s location setting, the app offers up options that are relevant to any specific area within South Africa, within a range of a 12,5 km radius, to help the user narrow down the possible species. This aspect of the app is most helpful, considering in total it features more than 1,100 species including 979 indigenous trees and 135 invasive species.
Identification can be made using leaves, flowers, fruit, growth, form, woody features, thorns or latex. The number of potential options is reduced with every identifier until a positive identification can be made. The structure and terminology are designed to appeal equally to the layman as to those more familiar with the Latin terms and scientific information. I’m excited!
In botany, a tree is a perennial plant with an elongated stem, or trunk, supporting branches and leaves. In some cases the definition of a tree may be narrower, including only woody plants with secondary growth, plants that are usable as lumber or plants above a specified height. Also something that is wonderful to take shade from, admire for it’s height, gnarled bark and wisdom, and is very good for hugging.
Download the app now and experience many happy hours exploring this holiday season. It will also make an excellent gift for a nature loving friend.
The essential details
- There is a whole new world of trees, waiting to be discovered with TheTreeApp. It is available for R499.00 on the App Store for all Apple smart devices and on Google Play for all Android smart devices.
- Find out more about TheTreeApp South Africa http://www.thetreeapp.co.za/ and connect on https://www.facebook.com/thetreeapp/ and twitter @TheTreeApp to stay in touch.
I know that I’m going to have loads of fun using mine, not only in the next few weeks, but with the travel 2018 holds too.