Story: Natural environment

The bushline

The bushline

The bushline (or treeline) is an interesting feature of the New Zealand landscape. This photograph is taken from above the bushline in the South Island: on the mountains on the other side of this valley, the bushline is visible as the upper limit of the dark green beech forest, where trees gradually dwarf and then give way to subalpine scrub. Above the bushline is the open tussock of alpine areas. The bushline lowers towards the south of the country.

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Photograph by Gerard Hutching

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Carl Walrond, 'Natural environment - The bush and its plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

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