One of my favourite native landscape features down south here is red tussockland, there would have been vast swathes of them in the old days. This is a red tussock conservation area in Southland, Nigel took the photos last week when he needed to visit the Mossburn area for his work, he is a landscape architect.
There are four sub-species of red tussock and the one down south is much finer and therefore the most desirable as a landscape plant. It’s very beautiful and especially so when it’s en masse.
Chionochloa rubra subsp. cuprea
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The thorny-looking flowerhead is not from the tussock, it’s the flowerhead of a native speargrass or Wild Spaniard – Aciphylla sp.
Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)
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