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MSU Announces a New App for Grasses

Monday, May 5th, 2014


Summary: A new app is now available for identifying more than 100 grasses and grass-like plants in Montana and nearby states and provinces.

May 5, 2014. Contact: Jane Mangold at (406) 994-5513 or or  Whitney Tilt at (406) 223-8972 or

BOZEMANA new app is now available for identifying more than 100 grasses and grass-like plants in Montana and nearby states and provinces.

Designed for beginners and experts alike, the app will work on iOS and Android devices. An Internet connection is not required. The app provides images, species descriptions, range maps and other information. It was produced by Montana State University’s College of Agriculture and High Country Apps in Bozeman, with plant expertise provided by MSU faculty and staff in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology.

“Grasses are economically and ecologically vital to our state, and are iconic of Montana’s open landscapes,” said Matt Lavin, a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology. “’Montana Grasses’ brings a wealth of information to your mobile device in an easy to use format helpful to landowners, researchers, and the general public.”

Users can browse the species list or search for specific plants by common or scientific name. The app provides 13 sets of characteristics to help define a search, including overall appearance, seed head, blade width, habitat, elevation and origin (native or introduced).

Montana Grasses allows users to select a custom list of species for future reference and sharing via email and social networks. Detailed information on grass identification basics, sources and resources, as well as a glossary of botanical terms and diagrams of grass anatomy are also provided.

Montana Grasses is available at Amazon, Apple, and Google app stores for $4.99. The app will be updated on a regular basis at no additional charge. High Country Apps will dedicate a portion of the revenues to support plant conservation in Montana.

For more information, go to High Country Apps at

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Weed Identification App Available

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012


Would you like to have weed identification book with you at all times, but the logistics are impossible.   Have you  have lost your favorite weed ID book that used to be in your work truck?  Does the idea of carrying a copy of Weeds of the West in your day back make you tired just thinking about it?  We have an answer for you.

There is a new Android app for tablets & smart phones.   It is the Expert Identification System by XID Services Inc.   It has over 1,000 broadleaf plants and and interactive weed ID system.    If you have your phone you have help.

Becky just saw a demo and once it is on your phone you don’t even need service to use it.   There is a two day special going on right now and you can have it for $9.95  Here is the link.

This is not an endorsement of this product, but it looks like a winner and we want to share it with you.   If you get it let us know what you think!