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Narrow-leaved snow tussock (3rd of 4)

Narrow-leaved snow tussock

Growing here in Takahē Valley, Fiordland, the western subspecies of narrow-leaved snow tussock (Chionochloa rigida amara) is found in the Southern Alps south of around 43°S. There are also two recognised subspecies. Fiordland has the highest tussock biodiversity in New Zealand – one area has 10 species of Chionochloa.

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Alan F. Mark, 'Grasslands - Types of tussock', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Alan F. Mark, published 24 Sep 2007