Android App

SMM WildFlowers

Android Picture
version 1.0 BETA 8

This Android app is an off-line version
of the web site

Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains
National Recreation Area

Current version 1.0 BETA 8
Released Feb 8, 2017

Version BETA 8 at a glance
  • Released as a 'Public' Beta on the Google Play Store.
  • It is listed as "Unreleased" and has the note "may be unstable".
  • Anyone can download this version but users should be comfortable with the risks inherent in BETA SOFTWARE ("Beta" indicates software that is still being tested and may contain bugs.)
  • Requires Android OS version 4.4.2 (KitKat) or later.
  • Has the same content and functionality as the iPhone app.
  • The size of the app is slightly over 500MB.

Link to app on Google Play

Or, you can search on "SMM WildFlowers" (and yes, it is helpful to use the quote marks to avoid the hundreds of other wildflower apps).

The SMM WildFlower app provides access to the entire content of the Wildflower web site, including its searchable database, even when your device has no access the Internet. It is perfect for exploring those flower-filled remote canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains NRA with no cell coverage. If your device has access to the Internet the on-line version will generally provide the most up to date source of this content.

A secondary advantage of the app is that all of the content resides on you device so the web pages generally load quicker than even the highest speed connection will allow. Further, the toolbar at the top of the screen provides immediate access to several of the site’s key functions.

The size of the app is its principal disadvantage. The app's content is significant as it includes over 1000 plants showcased by almost 7500 photos. After you add the searchable database the storage burden on your device's internal memory is about 500MB. This large size also means it can take a while to download and install.

An easy way to experience the content of this app before deciding to do the big download is to visit the on-line version at the Park’s web site at Follow the "Things to Do" link and then click "Look for Wildflowers." Also, be sure to click the link to the Mobile version of the site as that is the version that most resembles this app.

Here is a direct link to the mobile online version of the WildFlower website.

There are a few subtle differences between the content of the on-line version and the app. The principal one is that the on-line version is generally the most up to date both in terms of content and features. Second, the app has the Action Bar at the top of the screen providing instant access to a few of the site's most important navigation pages. Because of this we have removed some of the unnecessary intra-site links from the app. For example, there is no need for a "Finder" link on any of the app's pages since the Finder is always available as a button on the toolbar.


v1.0 BETA 5 (Dec 2016)
  • Third Private BETA release (only registered BETA testers).
  • Fully functional with all content included.
  • Close to the final form of the app.

v0.3.0 (Nov 2014)
  • Second Private BETA release (only registered BETA testers).
  • All content included.
  • Not all features implemented yet.
  • Still contains a number of minor formatting issues.
  • Still contains a number of lingering usability issues.

v0.2.4 (Oct 2014)
  • First private BETA release (only registered BETA testers).
  • All content included.
  • Not all features implemented yet.
  • Many content formatting issues.
  • Contains a number of usability issues.

App Support Site

All of the usual disclaimers apply.
For example, if something bad happens we follow the standard practice of limiting our liability to the purchase price of the app (which is zero for a free app).
If this makes you nervous you should not use this app.

[ Liability Statement ]

[ Privacy Statement ]

If you have comments or questions:

smmflowersapp 'at'

SAMO_FlowerApp 'at'

805-370-2301 (SMM Park Office)

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