Story: Alpine plants

Alpine timberline

Alpine timberline

Distinct timberlines are common in New Zealand, especially where beech forest gives way to grassland at higher altitude. They mark the limit of tree growth, and are related to the average temperature of the summer growing season. In New Zealand the alpine timberline roughly coincides with an air temperature of 10°C in January. This silver beech (Nothofagus menziesii) timberline is in the Mataketake Range, South Westland.

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Hugh Wilson, 'Alpine plants - Alpine New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Hugh Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007