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Ephemeral wetland, Tangimoana (1st of 3)

Ephemeral wetland, Tangimoana

Ephemeral wetlands appear in hollows where variation in rainfall and evaporation leads to ponding in winter and spring and drying in summer. Low-growing herbaceous plants form a turf, and there are sometimes rush and sedgelands. At Tangimoana on the Manawatū coast, a rushland of oioi covers dune hollows that alternate between wet and dry.

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Peter Johnson, 'Wetlands - Types of wetland', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Peter Johnson, published 24 Sep 2007