Botanical Research Institute of Texas Introduces Digital Field Guide Mobile App for Texas Range and Pasture Plants
The BRIT® Guide to Texas Range and Pasture Plants for iPhone and Android devices is the first hand-held app
of 129 important plants found throughout Texas ranges and pasturelands.
FORT WORTH, Texas (May 29, 2012) — The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) announced today the availability of its “BRIT Guide To Texas Range and Pasture Plants” mobile app for Apple iOS that can run on iPhone, iPad, or iPad Touch and for Android platforms. The digital field guide is a valuable resource for those who strive to understand, study, use, protect, and appreciate key range and pasture plants of Texas. The cost is $1.99.
The 129 featured plants were chosen from the Range and Pasture Plant identification list used by FFA and 4H students in local and state competitions, including an annual competition at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. However, the mobile app is intended for anyone who has an interest in Texas range and pasture plants, including farmers, ranchers, naturalists, and teachers and students.
“BRIT is continually striving to provide botanical knowledge in new formats,” said Dr. S.H. Sohmer, BRIT's president and director. “For the first time, students can study plant images provided by expert botanists, combined with the facts they are trying to learn for FFA and 4H competitions.”
The Guide provides a listing and details of all 129 plants in the application. Each plant includes a detail page with information such as the common and scientific name, a pronunciation guide for the scientific name, a short description of the species including the growth season, native or non-native status, and the wildlife and grazing value. The field guide also includes an image of a BRIT herbarium specimen for each plant species as well as links to external resources with further details about each species.
The BRIT Guide to Texas Range and Pasture Plants also features Plant Identification Quiz and Flashcard programs. The Identification Quiz tests students’ knowledge of the plants by displaying an image of each plant and letting them select the common name for the plant. Once completed, the quiz reviews answers to help the student to further improve his/her identification skills.
“BRIT’s scientists have put together an invaluable learning tool for these students that provides a foundation for future learning,” said Kerri Kretzmeier, Coach, Bosque County plant ID team. “Developing an appreciation of our botanical heritage at an early age will better equip tomorrow’s decision-makers to care for our land.”
“While many plant species can be found in Texas rangelands, the student competition list we used for those profiled in this app focuses on many of the most important,” said Barney Lipscomb, Leonhardt Chair of Texas Botany at BRIT “The featured plants have an impact on the economic well-being of our state's agricultural industries and the region's biodiversity.”
For more information about the app and how to purchase, go to: http://www.brit.org/rangeplants.