Monday, February 23, 2015

Tussocks

Tussocks in the wind.
Winds will blow
Rustle among the sheaves
Tussle the land’s hair


What would be termed "herbfields" for European mountains, and bunchgrass meadows in North America, are referred to as tussock herbfields in New Zealand due to a dominance of this type of plant. Species of the Chionochloa genus dominate in these areas. The larger tussocks are called snow grass (or less commonly as snow tussocks) and may grow up to 2 metres in height. They grow slowly and some specimens are estimated to be several centuries old. ~ Bernard

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