Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Spicebush swallowtail butterflies on butterfly weed, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Red raspberry slime, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Dragonfly on great mullein, photo by Leor Veleanu
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Trumpet vine with ants, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Female wood duck eating duckweed in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Eastern cottontail rabbits, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Musk thistle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Spiky bog moss, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Eastern painted turtle, photo by Leor Veleanu
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Eastern worm snake, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge is a protected natural habitat comprising 767 acres of pristine pine lands, forest, fields and bogs. It provides a refuge to animals and plants indigenous to southern New Jersey; a place where wildlife can live freely and naturally without fear of being harmed at the hands of human beings. We began as the home of Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci and Cavit Buyukmihci, who dedicated their land to habitat preservation so that native wildlife and habitat could thrive. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity, federal ID 23-7025010.
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Species of Plants Living at the Refuge*

All the plants listed have been identified at the Refuge*. Photographs are of those as seen at various locations in our habitat. This is an ongoing project and this page will be updated as new sightings or photographs become available. Other lists: 1) comprehensive, 2) endangered or threatened species.

Where relevant, we have provided other names used for the same species of plant for ease of identification.

In some cases, where we cannot identify a particular species, we have used the names commonly used. If you recognize a species in these cases, and can provide proof, we will revise the name and references accordingly.



Special thanks to Karl Anderson for providing lists of plants identified and compiled during visits to the Refuge by Philadelphia Botanical Club (2004) and Gloucester County Nature Club (2008).

We do not claim to be experts on all aspects of plants. If you are aware that we have made an error in identification or other information, let us know. Please provide any supporting information such as a Web link so that we can investigate. If the error can be substantiated, it will be corrected.