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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 06:08 AM NZDT

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Locally common amongst Poa colensoi, P. novae-zelandiae and Celmisia major var. brevis. Growing on an andesite lava exposure outcropping within scree slope.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 06:08 AM NZDT

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On andesite lava outcropping within scree. Associated with Celmisia major var. brevis and Euphrasia cuneata.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 10:04 AM NZDT

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Uncommon (at this altitude on peak) - occasional tufts noted in sheltered cracks of exposed lava flow near crater.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 10:31 AM NZDT

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Next to Poa novae-zelandiae the highest growing flowering plant noted during ascent of Taranaki.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 10:34 AM NZDT

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Occasional near top of 'the Lizard' - one of the highest growing vascular plants that I saw on the ascent of this peak.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 10:34 AM NZDT

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Common on lava flow - growing in crevices and over hangs.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 10:34 AM NZDT

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Locally common on lava flow, usually on over hangs or in pockets of semi-consolidated scree. Often growing with Anaphalioides alpina.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 10:34 AM NZDT

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Abundant from tussock grassland to high alpine zone on northern side of Taranaki Mounga.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 10:34 AM NZDT

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Common from suablpine scrub to alpine and extending to high alpine (as seen here) in sheltered sites on lava flow.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 10:34 AM NZDT

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Common sedge on lava flow - either growing by itself or amongst Anaphalioides alpina or Poa novae-zelandiae. Growing right up to 2100 m a.s.l. on this side of the mountain.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 11:15 AM NZDT

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Locally common from about 2000 m to just below summit (absent from last 200 m of peak (least ways where we traversed).

Thallus up to 20 mm diameter (usually less), upper surface pale greyish-white, conspicuously white-pruinose, lower surface and margins densely covered in black rhizinomorph felt (rhizinomorphs protruding along thallus margins).

Fits this species well except that most material seen had apothecia. Galloway (2007) notes 'an absence of apothecia' is diagnostic of this species or did he mean he hadn't seen any?

Either way this is the best name I can come up with for this common high alpine Umbilicaria on Taranaki.

See also https://inaturalist.nz/observations/10079621, https://inaturalist.nz/observations/3085088 from Mt Ruapehu - the same (or similar) Umbilicaria.

See also: https://inaturalist.nz/observations/3085088

Galloway, D.J. 2007: Flora of New Zealand; Lichens, including lichen-forming and lichenicolous fungi. Revised second edition.1 ed. Lincoln, Manaaki Whenua Press. 1006 p.

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Square

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 11:15 AM NZDT

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Noted on lava cliff face in over hang. Abdomen yellow. Often associated with (but I assume by accident) the lichen Rhizocarpon geographicum.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:08 PM NZDT

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Occasional specimens noted on scree slope.

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Arañas Lobo Familia Lycosidae

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:08 PM NZDT

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Commonly seen scooting about scree. Not overly large, body span about 15-20 mm.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:19 PM NZDT

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Locally common near bottom end of scree slope. Often noted in drifts of Anaphalioides alpina and Celmisia major var. brevis (as seen in these images).

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:19 PM NZDT

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Abundant at base of scree - growing with Anaphalioides alpina and Ranunculus nivicola.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:19 PM NZDT

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Abundant from about this point on the climb down slope to tussock grassland. These plants quite small (depauperate), growing in semi-consolidated scree with Anisotome aromatica, Racomitrium spp., Anaphalioides alpina, Ranunculus nivicola and Forstera tenella.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:19 PM NZDT

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Locally common on scree slopes. Usually noted amongst Anaphaloides alpina where fine particulates had accumulated.

This is the doubtfully distinct, Taranaki endemic subspecies of W. pygmaea that primarily differs from W. pygmaea subsp. pygmaea by possessing spathulate leaves (which you also see in W. pygmaea subsp. pygmaea anyway) and by the flowers which are pale blue with a creamy-white central band in each petal. This was evident in this plant but varied within plants in the same area. I really don't regard this subspecies as warranting taxonomic recognition - but there you go.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Noted on boulders lying in ephemeral stream bed.

Another example of the doubtfully distinct, Taranaki endemic subspecies of W. pygmaea that primarily differs from W. pygmaea subsp. pygmaea by the flowers which are pale blue with a creamy-white central band in each petal. This was not particularly evident in this plant but varied within plants in the same general area (see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/38474630 as a good example). I really don't regard this subspecies as warranting taxonomic recognition - but there you go.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Muscicolous; growing through mosses and herbs on andesitic cliff face. Images of lichen in dry state. Photobiont Green. Medulla yellow. Thallus upper surface dull green (when wet) grey when dry with upper cortex sometimes eroded so revealing yellow medulla, reticulate-faveolate, sparingly fertile, without isidia, phyllidia, pseudocyphellae or soredia, lobes coriaceous when moist, linear-elongate with rounded apices; undersides pale yellow at margins grading into black tomentum (this thicker centrally); pseudocyphellae yellow, minute, scattered. Apothecia not seen.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Abundant from base of scree slope throughout fell field, and tussock grassland, extending into subalpine scrub.

Plants often infected by Puccinia egmontensis.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Common in rubble and associated turf beneath andesitic lava cliffs forming sides of canyon leading up from Tahurangi Lodge.

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pjd1

Fecha

Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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One of many seen but the only one I managed to get some sort of sensible image of. Not very large, body about 4 mm long. Fast flying. Noted about flowers of Celmisia major var. brevis.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Locally common. Plants mostly finished flowering. Noted on damp ground beneath andesitic lava cliffs forming sides of canyon at head of valley leading up from Tahurangi Lodge.

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pjd1

Fecha

Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Common on rubble slope at base of andesite cliff faces at mouth of canyon near Tahurangi Lodge.

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pjd1

Fecha

Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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The only plant of this species seen still sporting a flower. Locally common along sides of an ephemeral stream.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Common around boulders, on scree and along sides of ephemeral water course. Flowers mostly white, a few seen with flowers tinged pink.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Common on shaded slopes beneath andesitic lava cliff faces. Heavily flowering. Flowers being visited by day-flying moths.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Uncommon - only noted overhangs and on sediment within boulder chokes. Mostly seen growing with Austroblechnum penna-marina and Polystichum cystostegium.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Uncommon. Growing on fine tephra within seepage at base of lava cliff face at head of canyon. Plants rhizomatous.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Common on shaded over hangs on side of an ephemeral water course.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Common on canyon walls and rubble slopes.

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pjd1

Fecha

Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Not a great image sorry. Locally common - but mostly noted as dried off plants growing amongst bryophytes on the undersides of overhanging andesitic lava cliff faces lining canyon leading up from Tahurangi Lodge.

I saw no fertile fronds.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Commonly seen resting up near the bases of andesite cliff faces forming walls of canyon leading up from Tahurangi Lodge.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Saxicolous on andesitic scoria and lava rock walls of canyon. Common.

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Moscas Parasitoides Familia Tachinidae

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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A fly (or this in case a 'walk'). Body black, very hairy, wings seriously damaged so unable to fly. Body span c. 8 mm. This specimen noted running about on coarse andesitic scoria lying on a dried up ephemeral stream bed.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 12:46 PM NZDT

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Small (body span 6-8 mm), reddish fast moving spider noted on andesitic scoria within dried up stream bed.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 01:19 PM NZDT

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Another guess - picked simply because this seems to be the only rust recorded from this host (assuming this is a rust).

Locally common on Celmisia glandulosa var. latifolia.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 01:19 PM NZDT

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Heavily infecting Ranunculus nivicola plants growing at base of lava cliff. I had thought this was a Puccinia or Puccinastrum but checking through an old checklist of rusts recorded from Ranunculus insignis this Aecidium seems to be the only species recorded from this host. So I am simply guessing this is right.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 01:32 PM NZDT

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Hebe stricta var. egmontiana (Cockayne), L.B.Moore.

Common shrub throughout mountain particularly in subalpine vegetation extending into Chionochloa dominated tussock grass land.

This is one of three tetraploid units within Hebe stricta (the type species in this complex is diploid). Hebe stricta var. egmontiana is linked to var. lata (also tetraploid) and I believe both should be merged and treated at species rank, due to their widespread sympatry with diploid Hebe stricta (var. stricta).

Although described from Taranaki Mounga, Hebe stricta var. egmontiana is not endemic to that peak, identical plants occur on the Central Volcanic Plateau and associated volcanic peaks, they then extend into the eastern greywacke ranges where they merge in the broader-leaved var. lata.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 01:32 PM NZDT

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Common along trackside under Brachyglottis elaegnifolia.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 01:32 PM NZDT

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Locally common emergent tree in wind swept subalpine vegetation.

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Lirio de Perú Alstroemeria aurea

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 01:32 PM NZDT

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Occasional flowering specimens noted alongside of track growing amongst Parablechnum novae-zelandiae.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 01:32 PM NZDT

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I prefer to use the name:

Parablechnum montanum (T.C. Chambers et P.A.Farrant) Gasper et Salino*

Common on side of track growing in rubble slope below andesite cliff faces.

* * See alternative taxonomy advocated by...

Gasper, A.L.; de Oliveira Dittrich, V.A.; Smith A.R.; Salino, A. 2016: A classification for Blechnaceae (Polypodiales: Polypodiopsida): New genera, resurrected names, and combinations. Phytotaxa 275: 191–227.

PPG 1: The Pteridophyte Phylogeny Group 2016: A community-derived classification for extant lycophytes and ferns. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 54: 563-603.

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Square

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 01:32 PM NZDT

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Common along trackside.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 01:32 PM NZDT

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Abundant on track margin, within rubble slopes and tussock grassland.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 01:32 PM NZDT

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Common shrub in subalpine scrub. Specimens finished flowering now and setting seed. Last image wrecked by my camera cord - but posted it anyway.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 01:32 PM NZDT

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= Chionochloa rubra subsp. rubra var. inermis Connor - a quadrinomial not available on iNaturalist - see Connor (1991)

Endemic to Mt Egmont National Park differing from Chionochloa rubra subsp. rubra var. rubra by the greenish rather than red to red-brown leaves; upper leaf-suraces which are papillate rather than covered in fine prickle-teeth; by the smooth rather than scabrid leaf margins, and by the larger anthers (to 5.0 mm cf. 3.5 mm in var. rubra).

Connor, H.E. 1991: Chionochloa Zotov (Gramineae) in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 29: 219-283

Common, and usually the dominant tussock-forming grass within the subalpine to alpine grasslands of Taranaki mounga.

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pjd1

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Febrero 7, 2020 05:42 PM NZDT

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One of many of the same species (I assume) noted flying about Bach on dusk.