The Green Big Apple: New Yorkers document the city’s plants

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of New Yorkers are working with researchers to find and catalog wild plants in their city. They're taking pictures with their smartphones as they walk the streets.

Since the project began last year, participants have found invasive species, plants never documented before in New York City and endangered native weeds.

It's part of a citizen-scientist effort called New York City EcoFlora. The project, launched by the New York Botanical Garden, has compiled over 26,000 plants sightings.

The goal is ambitious: To document all the wild plants that dwell in the city.

Preliminary findings were announced Friday at a conference in New York.