Nearly 60 percent of NJ’s native plants are rare or endangered

American lotus

DINO FLAMMIA / NJ 101.5 – A good portion of the Garden State’s natural heritage is just a chance event or construction project away from being gone forever.

Survival is considered to be in jeopardy for more than 350 of New Jersey’s 2,000 or so native flora — plant species that have been on record here for hundreds of years, according to the latest tracking figures from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Endangered plants are known to exist in five or fewer locations throughout the state …

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