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Description

The FLORA OF VIRGINIA PROJECT (www.floraofvirginia.org) presents the complete app for learning about the plants of Virginia, whether a wildflower from a weedy roadside, a shrub from a coastal dune, or a tree from a deep Appalachian hollow. The app does not need an Internet connection to run, so you can use it no matter how remote your wanderings take you.

The FLORA OF VIRGINIA app is based on its predecessor, the FLORA OF VIRGINIA book published by the Flora of Virginia Project in partnership with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. The flora was the first comprehensive flora offered for Virginia in exactly 250 years. The app and the book describe nearly 3,200 plant species native to or naturalized in Virginia in nearly 200 families.

The FLORA OF VIRGINIA app combines information from several other ecological data sets with the FLORA’s own data, including moisture regime, light regime, level of invasiveness, state and global rareness rankings, and listings as rare or endangered. Emphasis is on habitats, ecological earmarks of natives. Also appealing, of course, are the app’s portability and update-ability. And a unique, simple Graphic Key! This combination of features makes it a hit with much younger users, especially 6–12 students who might otherwise have their Flora experience limited to a few handouts in the classroom. In addition to the Graphic Key are the full dichotomous keys from the Flora of Virginia book in app form -- it's easy to tap through the choices presented until your plant is found.

App features include:
- Original illustrations and photos aiding in plant identification.
- Range maps for quick reference.
- Ability to filter plants based on user's geo-location.
- Ability to arrange plants by scientific name, common name, genus name, or family name.
- "Plant Discovery and Documentation in Virginia," a guide to the history of botanical exploration in Virginia.
- "The Nature of the Virginia Flora," a section that clarifies the ways in which geology, climate, and biology together create the rich, complex plant life in the state, with fine color photography illustrating key habitat types.
- "Learning the Virginia Flora: 50 Sites for Productive Field Botany," a brief guide to some of Virginia's botanizing hot spots.

The Flora of Virginia Project was initiated in 2001 to steer creation of the first comprehensive reference work on the native and naturalized plants of Virginia. For more information about the Flora of Virginia Project, please visit www.floraofvirginia.org.

 $19.99 in iOS App Store

Screenshots

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Version History

Launched Sep 23, 2017 (over 1 year ago).

Releasing new versions every about 1 month, on average.

Nov 20
2018
(Current)
Version 2.04

1. Ruler will now show up on newer iOS devices.
2. Quercus virginiana's range map was updated.

Oct 03
2018
Version 2.03

- Updated rare plants information.
- Updated habitat and status fields. They are now combined.
- Updated all range maps. Note colors of markers.
- Changed definitions for fern's "pinnate-pinnatifid" and "twice pinnatifid" in Graphic Key.
- Updated illustration for Dichanthelium yadkinense.
- Removed Agalinis paupercula var. paupercula and modified dich key to accommodate.
- Added "trophophore" and "sporophore" to Glossary.
- Added "Also see" in before suggested to see for a family or a genus.
- Added "Taxa Not Treated" section to References.
- Updated dichotomous keys (Rudbeckia 3a 4a 4b 3b, Carex section Ovales 12a, Trillium subkeys B and C titles, Juglans cinerea, Cheilanthes 3a, Saccharum 1b, Cardamine 9a 9b 7a).
- Fixed typos and known errors.

Jun 20
2018
Version 1.60

- Fixed typo in the common name "partridge-berry," pointed out by a user.
- Corrected 2 errors in dichotomous key where button linking to a plant did not go to anything (2 types of Iris verna).
- On Galium sherardia the search characteristic had the leaves as entire. The plant description has the leaves as serrate-hispid, and so search characteristics were corrected to match.
- Fixed typo in Glossary (serrate had extra characters).
- Updated supporter's screen.
- Updated for iOS 11.4+.

Feb 26
2018
Version 1.58

- Added in missing range maps and customized their captions.
- Modified image in Graphic Key for "Other dicot wildflowers."

Jan 17
2018
Version 1.57

Fixed leads in Caprifoliaceae.
Made edits to 104 leads and 7 pages in the dichotomous keys.
Fixed truncated titles for Major Plant Groups in dichotomous keys.

Jan 17
2018
Version 1.56

Made edits to 104 leads and 7 pages in the dichotomous keys.
Fixed truncated titles for Major Plant Groups in dichotomous keys.

Jan 09
2018
Version 1.53

Added an "entry" screen to the Dichotomous Keys to allow users to jump quickly to the key of interest.

Jan 02
2018
Version 1.50

- Added the full dichotomous keys from the Flora of Virginia Foundation's flora book.
- Data correction: Changed Acer negundo var. negundo leaf division from simple to compound.
- Data correction: Changed Rhodotypos scandens leaf arrangement from alternate to opposite.
- Software fix: Fern, Indusium Type in Graphic Key -- selecting Elongate and/or Round was fixed.
- A centimeter ruler is added to the dichotomous key as well as on the description tab of a species.
- Added a preview video to the App Store listing as well as a screenshot of the dichotomous keys.

Nov 27
2017
Version 1.40

Updated for iOS 11.
Updated icons needed for app store, categories, keywords, and subtitle.
Modified 2 icons in growth habit for other dicots and for broad-leaved woody plants.
Modified the About / Contact Us document with respect to content and the subject line in the mailto link.
Added a References section to Reference Library.
Modified an icon in Graphics Key.
Added Home buttons for a quicker way to get back to the home screen.
Included other minor tweaks requested by the Flora of Virginia Project (www.floraofvirginia.org).

Oct 02
2017
Version 1.35

Initial release of the Flora of Virginia app.
Improved the speed of displaying Plant Families and Plant Genera in Botanical Help.
Added Poaceae and the Graphic Key for grasses.
Added "The History of Botanical Exploration in Virginia."
Added "The Nature of Virginia Flora."
Modified "About/Contact Us" document.
This completes the taxa to be added to the app -- 3164 species, 928 genera, and 189 families.

Sep 27
2017
Version 1.33

Initial release of the Flora of Virginia app. Added Poaceae and the Graphic Key for grasses. This completes the taxa to be added to the app -- 3164 species, 928 genera, and 189 families. Improved the speed of displaying Plant Families and Plant Genera in Botanical Help.

Sep 25
2017
Version 1.30

Initial release of the Flora of Virginia app. Added Poaceae and the Graphic Key for grasses. This completes the taxa to be added to the app -- 3164 species, 928 genera, and 189 families.

Sep 23
2017
Version 1.0

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