Best Mushroom Identification Apps

Best Mushroom Identification Apps

Identifying a mushroom is of interest to all plant lovers, whether we are talking about house mushrooms, outdoor mushrooms, or the ones you find on your walk. Mushroom identification apps have become popular, especially among people who want a quick answer to an identification problem. 

By knowing what we are looking at, we’ll be able to identify the needs of particular mushrooms and successfully care for them. However, there are so many species to identify and too many apps to choose from. So how do you choose the best mushroom identification app? 

Here is the list of some of the best mushroom identification apps that can help you identify mushrooms in a minute.

1. Picture Mushroom

Picture Mushroom is a popular mushroom identification app that allows you to upload a photo of an unknown mushroom, and the community will help you identify the mushroom.

The app rapidly identifies mushrooms from pictures but it’s difficult to tell the accuracy rate or the number of species the app covers. Besides identifying the species, the app also provides extra information on each mushroom. Easy to use, simple to navigate, and possessing excellent search results, this app proved during testing that it could identify mushrooms in each photo we took.

This app will also warn you of some toxic mushrooms so that you can stay away from them to keep safe. Whether you like to collect, study, or teach mushrooms, or just want to learn more about the world of mushrooms, Picture Mushroom is the right tool for beginners and advanced mushroom users.

Pricing: Offers free trial; Free with in-app purchases

Devices: iOS, Android

2. Mushroom Identificator

Mushroom Identificator is a free mushroom identification app. It takes seconds to identify mushrooms before giving you a near-overwhelming amount of information on it and how best to care for them.

This app uses image-recognition technology to identify mushrooms from pictures. The system is still learning, but can currently recognize at least 900 species. Other features include a tool that uses local weather conditions and the time of year to predict when certain edible species may be fruiting and a community forum where users can contact each other for advice.

Pricing: Free; Premium to remove ads and to synchronize with other devices

Devices: iOS

3. Shroomify

Shroomify is another mushroom identification app that's free to use with an optional premium subscription. When you open the app, take a picture of a mushroom or pull up a picture from your photo album. Once you take a photo, the app searches its database and displays possible results. 

Shroomify guides users through selecting the characteristics of the mushroom, then on the basis of that information shows the most likely candidates for the user’s current location and time of year. Alternatively, one can look up the most common twenty species for the current month. The app covers more than 400 common Fungi with a library of over 1000 images.

Graphs and country ranking are also shown for each individual fungi to help you see how common it is and when in the year it is most common.

Pricing: Free; Premium ($3.99)

Devices: iOS, Android

4. Book of Mushrooms

Book of Mushrooms does not recognize mushrooms. Instead, it guides users to a group of likely possibilities. The user then looks through pictures and chooses one that looks right. The app covers only 254 species, but its image library includes over 1400 pictures and can show each species from multiple angles and in multiple variations.

The app also includes information on where the mushroom grows, whether it is edible or toxic, and other information. There’s also a calendar showing which species are currently fruiting, introductory articles on basic mushroom hunting, and a “favorites” feature allowing users to make easily-accessed, custom lists. Users appreciate all the extra information.

Pricing: Free; Premium ($3.99)

Devices: Android

5. Fungitron Mushroom Guide

Fungitron boasts the “highest number of free mushrooms”, although there are only 70. That being said, the photos are high quality, and the descriptions are pretty thorough. The app also has an “Identification Mode” which allows you to filter mushrooms based on characteristics such as fungi type, cap shape, size and other physical and environmental identifiers.

Pricing: Free

Devices: Android

Benefits of using Mushroom Identification Apps

  • It helps you recognize and know more about a mushroom
  • It provides answers to diseases and infections that affect mushrooms
  • It offers solutions on how best to treat infection and distinguish edible mushrooms from poisonous ones.
  • Get expert advice from plant specialists, horticulturist

Identify Mushroom With These Green Thumb Apps

With these great apps, you'll be able to identify virtually any mushrooms from a picture. Identifying mushrooms can be a lot of fun once you get started, and the best part about these apps is that if you use them often enough, you'll begin to identify mushrooms on your own.

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