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Bands of vegetation, Mt Taranaki

Bands of vegetation, Mt Taranaki

This view looking down Mt Taranaki shows the vegetation zones. In the foreground is alpine herbfield and mossland, which extends down to about 1,500 metres altitude. Below this is red tussock grassland (left), which descends to about 1,250 metres where it gives way to alpine shrubland (light green, centre). Dark green forest grows below the alpine shrub zone. At one time forest would have extended out onto the low country that surrounds the mountain, but much of this land has been cleared and converted to pasture.

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Hugh Wilson, 'Alpine plants - Alpine New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11023/bands-of-vegetation-mt-taranaki (accessed 15 December 2019)

Story by Hugh Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007