iPhone App

SMM WildFlowers

iPod Picture
version 1.5.0

This iPhone/iPod/iPad app is an off-line version of the
award-winning web site

Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains
National Recreation Area

Current version 1.5.0
Released March 2nd 2016

New in version 1.5.0
  • Updated for iOS 9.
  • Restore appearance Style broken under iOS 8.
  • Added the 'Scale' feature (screen magnification) introduced in the Android version of the app.
  • A modest update includes the addition of only one new species and about 60 new or updated photos.
  • Some tweaks to the User Interface to make navigation more natural.

Note: The large size of the app can result in significant download times even over a fast Internet connection.

The SMM WildFlower app provides access to the entire content of the SMM Wildflower web site, including its searchable database, even when your device has no access the Internet. It is perfect for exploring the remote flower-filled areas of the Santa Monica Mountains NRA that lack cell reception. If your device has access to the Internet the web version will generally provide the most up to date source of this content.

A secondary advantage of the app is that all of the content resides on you device so the content generally loads quicker than even the highest speed connection will allow. Further, the toolbar at the bottom of the screen provides immediate access to several of the site’s key functions.

The size of the app is its principal disadvantage. The app's content is significant as it includes over 1000 plants showcased by almost 7500 photos. After you add the searchable database the storage burden on your device's internal memory is about 650MB. This large size also means it can take quite a while to download or update. In fact, it is too large to use a cell phone connection, you will have to use WiFi or do the install from your computer.

An easy way to experience the content of this app before deciding to do the big download is to visit the on-line version. Here is a direct link to the mobile version of the web site.

There are a few differences between the content of the web site and the app. The principal one is that the on-line version is generally the most up to date both in terms of content and features. Second, the app has a toolbar at the bottom of the screen providing instant access to a few of the site's most important navigation pages. Because of this we have removed some of the unnecessary intra-site links from the app. For example, there is no need for a "Finder" link on any of the app's pages since the Finder is always available as a button on the toolbar. Finally, the app has a built-in "Flower Log" (or notebook) where you can enter notes about your flower encounters while in the field.


New in v1.4.0 (March 2014)
  • Updated the flower database. This includes the addition of eleven new species and about 250 new or updated photos.
  • Added additional ANF content  --  now has essentially the full text of ANF including the identification keys.
  • Added a simple Text Search feature similar to that available in most web browsers.
  • The Toolbar buttons now can be double-tapped for additional navigation aids.
  • Tweaks to improve operation under iOS7.
  • Required iOS6 or later.

New in v1.3.1 (Feb 2013)
  • Updated the flower database. This included the addition of about 40 new species and over 800 hundred new or updated photos.
  • The detailed descriptions from ANF are now included in the app so an Internet connection is no longer needed to view them.
  • iPhone 5 ready.

New in v1.3.0 (Aug 2012)
  • Updated the flower database. This included the addition of about 50 new species and several hundred new photos.
  • Added a simple notepad-like log for recording notes in the field.

v1.2.0 (Aug 2011)

v1.1.0 (Dec 2010)

v1.0.0 (Sept 2010)

SMM WildFlowers on iTunes Preview
(For users without iTunes)

App Support Site

All of the usual disclaimers apply.
For example, if something bad happens we follow the standard practice of limiting our liability to the purchase price of the app (which is zero for a free app).
If this makes you nervous you should not use this app.

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If you have comments or questions:

smmflowersapp 'at' gmail.com

SAMO_FlowerApp 'at' NPS.gov

805-370-2301 (SMM Park Office)

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