Story: Forest succession and regeneration

Regeneration through gorse

Regeneration through gorse

Gorse is valued for its role in starting the rapid development of native forest. At Hinewai Reserve on Banks Peninsula, shade-tolerant plants such as māhoe and poroporo grew under ageing gorse and quickly pushed through the collapsing gorse stems. The photo on the left was taken under 15-year-old gorse, soon after browsing animals were removed from the reserve. There is a dense litter of gorse leaves and twigs and no seedlings. The same site three years later (right) shows many māhoe and poroporo seedlings.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Forest succession and regeneration - Mānuka, kānuka and gorse', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 February 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007