I’ve just downloaded the Google app to my phone and am trying the Google Lens feature. It allows you to take a photograph in the app and then search for images of a similar object.
Naturally it works with the natural world.
Walking along the river I see a bright green plant growing in profusion.
I give it a quick check.
It comes back with an American species. It can’t be. Surely Google knows where I am? That’s got to be part of the way they make their billions.
I try again. Water Celery, it says. No, I think that doesn’t sound right either.
I take another shot and give it another go.
Hemlock Water Dropwort, Oenanthe crocata, it says. Isn’t Hemlock poisonous, I think?
Hemlock Water Dropwort is the most deadly plant in the UK and also very common along waterways. It’s definitely not Water Celery.
It smells lovely, though.