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creating mobile apps for outdoor enthusiasts
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Here's the latest coverage of "Washington Wildflowers" in Klipsun Magazine, an independent student publication from Western Washington University in Bellingham.  Mark Turner, the primary photographer for the project, is featured here. Stay tuned for an update this summer that will include ~150 new species. 

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Our Flora of Texas: Fort Worth Prairie app has just been launched!  Check it out at www.highcountryapps.com

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Public News Service just did a radio review of our newest app, "Flora of Texas: Fort Worth Prairie". This app, produced by Botanical Research Institute of Texas and High Country Apps, covers wildflowers, grasses, and vines in the Fort Worth Prairie and parts of the Western Cross Timbers. It was a great pleasure to work with BRIT, including Zoe Gossett, whose enthusiastic voice you can hear in this interview.

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Butterfly Mariposa Lily, Calochortus venustus (photo by Barry Breckling)

This species, arguably the most beautiful of the Mariposa Lilies, is found in the lower elevations of the Coast Ranges and the Sierra Nevadas.

From the Yosemite Wildflower App from High Country Apps: Mariposa is the Spanish word for butterfly. When it's breezy, the flowers of this species waft about like fluttering butterflies at the top of their tall stems. The plants are sometimes called White Mariposa Lilies, and white is their base color most of the time, but white-petaled flowers always have some red markings, and some plants have petals that are magenta, purple, pink, red, or yellow, often with little or no white at all. Calochortus means beautiful grass, for the attractiveness of the flowers and the grass-like leaves; venustus means charming or elegant. Similar Plants: Butterfly Mariposa Lily often has white petals, and the nectary gland at the inside base of each petal is often yellow, is more or less square, and is not depressed. Leichtlin's Mariposa Lily Calochortus leichtlinii has consistently white petals, and its nectary glands are yellow, oval, and depressed. Look closely at the underside of a petal to see if its gland is depressed.
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Nice article by Beth Wilson at Oregon State Parks. They even created a YouTube video (partway down) demonstrating the "Oregon Wildflowers" app. Thanks for getting the word out!

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Thanks, Virginia, for today's article in the Twin Falls, Idaho newspaper. Wildflower lovers can learn about arrowleaf balsamroot, Balsamorhiza sagittata, and 804 other plants with the new 'Idaho Wildflowers' app. Photo Courtesy of Mark Turner, Turner Photographics.

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It’s National Wildflower Week—the perfect time to hit the trails and enjoy wildflowers! What do you look forward to seeing this time of year?
We're happy to work with the Burke Museum at the University of Washington to produce 2 plant identification apps, "Washington Wildflowers" and "Idaho Wildflowers". Below is a pretty cool plant, fairly common in central and southeast Washington -- Brown’s peony (Paeonia brownii).
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Thanks to Michelle Schmidt from the Lewiston, Idaho Tribune for providing an exceptionally positive review of our Idaho Wildflowers app! As Michelle mentioned, there are many positives to having an app as a field guide: it's interactive, lighter and smaller than printed guides, no connection required, great species coverage, tells you where to look, and, finally, the Idaho Wildflowers app (and all of our apps) are continually updated with the latest information. Pictured here is arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata), a species that occurs throughout Idaho, flowering April to July.

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Happy to see Idaho State University has published an article about the Idaho Wildflowers app and the Ray J. Davis Herbarium's participation. See http://www.isu.edu/headlines/?p=7108 . Photo here by Jane Lundin was contributed as part of the app.
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University of Idaho has also publicized the new Idaho Wildflowers app in their headlines with some quotes from Dave Tank and David Giblin. Check it out at http://www.uidaho.edu/newsevents/item?name=discover-idahos-wildflowers-with-new-app . Photo here by Jane Lundin was contributed as part of the app.
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