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Low-alpine curled snow tussock (2nd of 4)

Low-alpine curled snow tussock

This low-alpine curled snow tussock (Chionochloa crassiuscula) grassland is growing around 1,200 metres on the slopes of Mt Burns, in the Hunter Mountains, Fiordland National Park. Scattered great mountain buttercups (Ranunculus lyallii) are prominent among the tussock. In the distance, the sharp treeline is visible where silver beech forest grows to its attitude limit of around 1,000 metres.

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Alan F. Mark, 'Grasslands - Types of tussock', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2024)

Story by Alan F. Mark, published 24 Sep 2007