In the mid-19th century, tussock grasslands ranged from alpine snow grass to lowland sward grass. By the start of the 21st century, a large proportion had been converted to farmland, with native grasses replaced by introduced pasture species.
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Source: Alan Mark and Bruce McLennan, 'The conservation status of New Zealand’s indigenous grasslands.' University of Otago School of Business (last accessed 3 June 2008)