October 9, 2023

Identification fields

Details around the taxonomic identification can now be recorded in new accession fields. These are designed to help institutions document the certainty of plant material identification, aligning with bioinformatics standards. You can opt-in to these fields using Site Settings.

  • Add identification details when creating and updating accessions
  • View identification qualifiers appended to the scientific name on accessions and associated plant materials


  • Fixed an issue where accession collection data could not be removed
October 3, 2023

Download selected taxa, accessions, and plant materials

Users are now able to download selected records on both desktop and mobile. This sets up the framework for batch actions across the platform (such as updating and deleting records). This feature is especially handy when you need to export a specific subset of records after conducting searches or applying filters.

September 19, 2023

Shared higher taxonomy

With integration to Plants of the World Online (POWO) for vascular plants and Catalogue of Life (COL) for non-vascular plants, our community can now access shared taxonomic data seamlessly. This allows users to utilise shared factual data, reducing the burden of individual input and maintenance, whilst making taxonomic referencing more efficient.


  • See details on genus status, family, and higher classifications on taxa records.
  • Choose from a shared list of genera when adding new taxa.
  • Filter by family on both list and map views for taxa specific to your site.
  • Find family name within CSV downloads for materials, accessions, and taxa.


  • Resolved an issue blocking the creation of absent material during new accession entries.
  • Taxa common names are now included in CSV downloads for plant materials and accessions.
  • Switching sites via the navigation menu maintains your position on the same top-level page.

September 8, 2023

Interpretation fields for taxa

Two new fields have been added to taxon records, allowing you to record a taxon description and natural distribution. The interpretation fields can be enabled/disabled from the Organisation settings page.

When downloading your taxa or plant material lists, the interpretation fields will be included – therefore helping you to create interpretation labels from your data.


  • Logging in from hortis.com now redirects straight to your organisation
August 25, 2023

Profile & logo image uploads

Personalise your account by uploading your own profile picture, by navigating to the profile settings page. Admins can also upload custom logos for their organisation within the organisation Settings page.

August 22, 2023

Mass planting

Enable mass planting as an alternative to quantity for your plant materials. You can also filter and sort by mass planted materials in your list and map views.


  • Updated ‘Add material’ map drawer to include sorting and filtering
  • Add material on map now returns back to list after placing material
  • Settings pages have been freshened up
July 31, 2023

Custom base maps

You can now add other base map layers or your own custom map layer to Hortis. Easily set a tile URL and a name to your custom map, and use the preview function to visualise and ensure its accuracy. Switch to the new layer whilst browsing the map or positioning of your materials. For more information on XYZ maps, head to this link.

July 26, 2023

IPEN numbers (and other opt-in fields)

IPEN numbers can now be recorded and filtered on the accession. This has been introduced as an "opt-in" field (along with Tag Number), with easy toggle controls for these fields in your Collection Site Settings.

With the new opt-in toggles, you can now choose to hide fields and inputs that are not relevant to your site's specific requirements. This customisation reduces clutter and ensures a more intuitive user experience for sites that do not utilise IPEN numbers or Tag Numbers.

Improvements & fixes

  • Added contains operation to tags filters
  • Improved indication of no changes on numeric dashboard cards
July 18, 2023

Deactivating users

Admins now have the ability to deactivate users to prevent access to their organisation. Admins can also reactivate a deactivated user's account. Any deactivated users will be visually indicated throughout the app.

Improvements & fixes

  • Included coordinates in plant material CSV download
  • Fixed display of manual accession number error message
  • Freshened up observation modal
July 14, 2023

Enhanced tag filtering: Now spanning Taxa, Accessions, and Plant Materials

Previously, tags were limited to individual record types, restricting list and map search results to the specific record type where the tag was applied. Now, filter results will show tags applied from all levels, providing a more interconnected view of your plant records.

For example, filtering for a tag applied to a taxon will return the associated accessions and plant materials. Filtering for a tag applied to an accession will return the associated plant materials.

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