Story: Alpine plants

Snow tussocks

Snow tussocks

New Zealand's alpine grasslands are dominated by large tussock grasses belonging to the genus Chionochloa. This photograph in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park shows flowering snow tussocks alongside native herbaceous plants (buttercups, wild spaniards and mountain daisies), interspersed with a low cover of introduced pasture grasses.

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Hugh Wilson, 'Alpine plants - Alpine grasslands and wetlands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2024)

Story by Hugh Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007