There’s more than 250,000 flowering plants on Earth, but until now the only fool-proof way to identify them was to ask your friendly, neighbourhood botanist.

A project by an ECU computer science researcher aims to automatically identify plants using high-tech image recognition software similar to popular music identification app Shazam. ECU School of Computer and Security Science PhD candidate Oluleye Hezekiah Babatunde has developed a computer program which can identify the species of a plant…