I came across this plant and flower identification service online, Mister Smarty Plants. They say it was envisioned in an MIT Media Labs course and has been helping curious people ID plants and flowers since 2010.
Mister Smarty Plants collects unknown flower and plant photos from twitter or by direct upload of “mystery plants”, and then site members work to identify the photos. After enough votes for a name are entered, the initial photo poster is emailed or tweeted with the identification.
You can ‘agree’ to previously submitted identifications and use an easy method to view other plant images having the same name. This means if one user has called a plant ‘Wysteria’ a second user can view more photos of Wysteria trees to confirm the identification.
“The site is dedicated to curious amateurs who are frustrated with field guides and wish they had a knowledge companion who could help them.’ says John Ellis the service’s founder. “I started the site because this was a problem I had. And it seems like there should be an easier way than driving to a garden center with a sample, or taking field guides out of the library, to figure out the name of the flowering bush in my yard.”
Since launching, the website has helped ID over 1,000 plants, trees, bushes and flowers from Senegal to Pakistan, and the Caribbean to the United Kingdom.