There is an enormous wealth of information on plants of New Jersey, dating back to the very earliest times of natural history discovery in America; days when intrepid botanists where heading east from Philadelphia on horseback or by horse-drawn wagon to explore the coast and pinelands of South Jersey, and return with specimens of species that were then new to science. Gradually a great number of books have been written, bringing us up to modern times, when websites have started to replace books as identification resources. This site has drawn heavily on the work of others, but hopefully will be seen as being unique in pulling so many other resources together into a single location, and thus saving anyone seeking to identify a plant from having to search in many different places for a possible answer.

Many books, websites and other resources were used in the making of this site and all such resources considered to be worthy of consultation are recognized, thanked with gratitude and listed here.

Regional field guides and floras

Blamey, M., R. Fitter & A. Fitter, 2003. Wild Flowers of Britain & Ireland. A & C Black, London.
Britton, N.L. & Hon. A. Brown, 1970. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada. In three volumes. Dover Publications, New York.
Gleason, H.A. & A. Cronquist, 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada (2nd ed.). New York Botanical Garden, New York.
Peterson, R.T. & M. McKenny, 1968. A Field Guides to Wildflowers - Northeastern/North-central North America. Houghton Mifflin co., New York.
Stace, C., 1991. New Flora of the British Isles. CUP, Cambridge.
Stone, W., 1911. The Plants of Southern New Jersey. New Jersey State Museum, Trenton.

Specialist identification guides

Barkworth, M.E., L.K. Anderton, K.M. Capels, S. Long & M.B. Piep (eds.), 2007. Manual of Grasses for North America. Utah State University Press, Logan.
Cobb, B., 1984. A Field Guide to the Ferns and Their Related Families of Northeastern and Central North America. Houghton Mifflin co., New York.
Duncan, W.H. & M.B. Duncan, 1987. The Smithsonian Guide to Seaside Plants of the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC.
Harrington, H.D., 1977. How to Identify Grasses & Grasslike Plants. Ohio University Press, Athens.
Hitchcock, A.S. & A. Chase, 1971. Manual of the Grasses of the United States (2nd ed. revised). In two volumes. Dover Publications, New York.
Hubbard, C.E., 1968. Grasses (revised ed.). Penguin Books, Harmondsworth.
Knobel, E. & M. E. Faust, 1980. Field Guide to the Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of the United States (2nd ed. revised). Dover Publications, New York.
Meikle, R.D., 1984. Willows and Poplars of Great Britain and Ireland. BSBI, London.
Montgomery, J.D. & D.E. Fairbrothers, 1992. New Jersey Ferns and Fern-Allies. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick.
Petrides, G.A., 1972. A Field Guides to Trees and Shrubs - Northeastern & North-central United States and southeastern & south-central Canada. Houghton Mifflin co., New York.
Uva, R.H., J.C. Neal & J.M. DiTomaso, 1997. Weeds of the Northeast. Cornell University Press, Ithaca.

Plant communities and habitats

Kricher, J.C. & G. Morrison, 1988. A Field Guide to Ecology of Eastern Forests: North America. Houghton Mifflin co., New York.

Short papers, journals and other literature resources

Alexander, R.C., 1949. Noteworthy Trees of Cape May County, New Jersey. Cape May Geographic Society, New Jersey.
Brown, O.H., (undated). A catalogue of plants found growing wild or without cultivation within the limits of Cape May County, New Jersey. (Unpublished manuscript).
Brown, O.H. & E.T. Wherry, 1970. Check-list of the Vascular Flora of Cape May County, New Jersey. Bartonia No.40, 1970.
Hoffman, L.A., 2000. Magnificent Trees of Cape May County. Privately published.
Hoffman, L.A., 2001. 'Giants' Among Us. Privately published.

Web resources

Flora of North America on line:
Grass Manual on the Web:
Online Interactive flora:
Delaware Wildflowers:
Illinois wildflowers:
Massachusetts wildflowers:
Missouri Wildflowers:
Michigan and the Upper Midwest Wetland Plants:
Newfoundland & Labrador wildflowers:
North Carolina wildflowers:
North Carolina woody Plants:
Pennsylvania wildflowers:
Southern New Jersey Wildflowers:
Southeastern US plant identification resource:
United States Department of Agriculture - Plants Database:
Aster & Goldenrod keys:
Asters & Goldenrods: