Natural Resources

Hydrangea macrophylla
A hydrangea macrophylla, native to Japan and used in landscaping

National Park Service, Statue of Liberty NM


The natural resources of the park are represented by a small, but unique collection of 332 mounted plant specimens. The specimens were gathered during collecting trips to Ellis Island from September 18, 1997 to August 10, 1998. The collection consists of a prevalence of plants that are not native to the New York-New Jersey region. The conclusion of the study indicates that this mixture of plant varieties is the result of the high degree of disturbance of the original island ecosystems caused by the human presence cultivating the landscape on the islands and surrounding area, or inadvertently carrying the seeds to the island.


Last updated: February 26, 2015

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Statue of Liberty National Monument

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