Digital Herbarium is an original and creative mobile application for a new generation of herbaria. Fun and educational, allows to create and customize the herbarium sheets while learning botany

Source: Android description (translated and modified) / Image: Lekalito CC BY-SA 4.0

Useful information

Download: Android 3.0 (10.62MB) / iOS (link disabled)

Price: free

Language: French / Spanish / English

Runs offline: yes

Last update: Android 04/12/2014 (v. 1.2) – iOS (link disabled)

Website of the developer: Klorane Botanical Foundation


This app, available for Android and iOS devices (at the time of writing this article, the iOS app download link gives error), enables children between 6-12 years (age recommended by Klorane Botanical Foundation) to create herbarium sheets from the photographs they obtain with the mobile device, being able to personalize and name them before saving them.

The operation of the application is very simple:

  • Once installed, the application will ask you to take a photo on a white background of the leaf or branch you are interested in inventorying. You can also select an image you have on your mobile device.
  • After validating the image, the next step is to crop it. To do this, the application has a tool called “magic wand” that allows you to easily select the background to remove it. At the lower right end you will see that there is a slider that, when the wand is selected, allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the selection (if you have ever used the “magic wand” tool in Photoshop, you will see that it is very similar), and when the eraser is active, allows to define the size of the brush for a more precise removal of the background.
  • The next step is the Studio, a section where you can customize your image by applying filters, adding a background or different types of icons (to delete them, drag them to the bottom bar), as well as a frame or text in which you can point out the species, where you collected it, etc. The arrows shown at the top allow you to undo and redo the different actions.
  • Once the edition is finished, the image is registered in the system, being able to be shared in different social networks.

The app also has a side menu which includes, in addition to aspects related to terms of use, advices and cautions on how to collect plants, remembering that some plant species are protected and others can be toxic.

More information

Digital Herbarium

Video appli herbier digital silence ça pousse Institut Klorane (5 min 28 sec. In French)

Images: screenshots 20/02/2017. ©Klorane Botanical Foundation

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