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Otago tussock landscape

Otago tussock landscape

The Redbank Scenic Reserve near Macraes Flat has a typical inland Otago landscape. Tussock grasslands once dominated the eastern South Island, before European farming began. In areas like this most tussocks have been burnt off and exotic grass species sown – as seen in the distance. The flatter areas have also been ploughed. The remaining tussocks are mostly in the steep gullies that cut through this rolling terrain.

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Photograph by B. McKinley

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Alan F. Mark, 'Grasslands - Tussock grasslands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Alan F. Mark, published 24 Sep 2007