W. John Kress, director, Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, curator and research scientist, Smithsonian Institute, displays his Leafsnap app on his iPhone along with tree leaf specimens, Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum's specimen storage room in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
W. John Kress, director, Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, curator and research scientist, Smithsonian Institute, displays his Leafsnap app on his iPhone along with tree leaf specimens, Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum's specimen storage room in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
published Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
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