Story: New Zealand species overseas

Removing flax, South Atlantic

Removing flax, South Atlantic

New Zealand flax was taken from the island of Tristan da Cunha to nearby Inaccessible Island some time in the 1930s. It spread onto the steep cliffs, forming impenetrable thickets in places. In 2004–05 the plants were removed, to safeguard the natural environment of Inaccessible Island, a World Heritage site. South African Lourance Chiloane, equipped with a scrub-cutting bar, is removing a large flax plant. The flax project was funded by the United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories Environment programme.

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Ross Galbreath, 'New Zealand species overseas - Plants running wild', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/10088/removing-flax-south-atlantic (accessed 21 February 2020)

Story by Ross Galbreath, published 24 Sep 2007