Story: Grasslands

Red tussock

Red tussock

Red tussock (Chionochloa rubra) grassland dominates the lower slopes of Mt Ruapehu, at about 1,300 metres. The ice axe in the foreground provides a sense of scale for these large tussocks, which grow to 1 metre high. Red tussock occurs widely – from the North Island’s volcanic mountains southwards to North Canterbury.

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Alan F. Mark, 'Grasslands - Types of tussock', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Alan F. Mark, published 24 Sep 2007