The tussock grasslands of New Zealand form expansive and distinctive landscapes mainly in South Island but also on the central plateau of the North Island and along parts of the axial range. The tussock grasses include grass species of Chionochloa, Festuca and Poa and some Carex sedges. Grasses of the genus Chionochloa dominate New Zealand's tussocklands. Chionochloa rubra subsp. rubra var. rubra (left) and Festuca novae-zelandiae (right). Photos by Jeremy Rolfe.
Chionochloa rigida subsp. rigida. Photographer: John Barkla.
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