The new application for mobile devices allows the access to the main modules of Anthos, including the distribution data and images contained in the project, in addition to having access to the database of protected and threatened flora which is offered through the Phyteia module.
Language: English / Spanish
Runs offline: no
Last update: Android 01/02/2016
Anthos is a botanical information platform that allows consulting plants of Spain on your mobile or web.
The mobile application, in addition of credits section, where mention to the project coordinator team is made, has two query options: “search by taxon” and “photo gallery”, accessible also from a side menu where you will also find the option to change language.
The search by taxon requires the introduction, at least, of the genus of the specimen on which information is being consulted. As results, the application returns a list of sightings with filtering options by province, cartographic grid, etc., a list of laws of protection included in the data base Phyteia (these two sources of information are in the first icon) and a location map of sightings (second icon).
The photo gallery allows you to observe photographs and illustrations (can be enlarged by clicking on them) of the different species after the introduction of the genus of interest.
The web application provides more information and search options by family, vernacular name (common names including some local names), geographic (direct selection on a map by provinces, regions, grids, municipalities or natural spaces) and consultation of threatened species. It also includes a distribution map and a taxon datasheet with photographs, drawings, lists of sightings, synonyms, common names, etc.
Images: Screenshots 01/06/2016. © Fundación Biodiversidad / Real Jardín Botánico / CSIC / Flora Ibérica
In the words of the late Santiago Castroviejo, CSIC research professor at the Royal Botanic Garden and principal investigator of the project Anthos, “Spanish flora is the richest of the European Union by the number of hitherto known plant species, which explains the large contribution of Spain to biodiversity and also the great responsibility it means in terms of protection and conservation”. That is, the botanical richness of the peninsula is a natural heritage whose knowledge should be available to all.
Anthos represents in this sense a more than remarkable tool, but it can’t be considered as an app for plants identification, such as Arbolapp, because for its use a prior knowledge is needed. It is also paradoxical that being an application that, supposedly, is going to be used in the field, does not work offline, which reduces possibilities in areas where the connection is poor or inexistent. Therefore, it is recommended the use of the web application, at least for the less experienced, more complete and with more search options, highlighting, for example, the query by common name, option not included in the mobile application.