Maintenance of native plants of silver tussock Poa cita grassland communities by sheep grazing on the Port Hills, Canterbury, New Zealand
Published source details
Lord J. (1990) The maintenance of Poa cita grassland by grazing. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 13, 43-49
Published source details Lord J. (1990) The maintenance of Poa cita grassland by grazing. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 13, 43-49
The study area has been subject to low-intensity sheep grazing for over 100 years. Vegetation was predominantly Poa cita short-tussock grassland with fescue tussock Festuca novae-zelandiae. Inter-tussock areas were dominated by introduced invasives, primarily cock’s-foot Dactylis glomerata and sweet vernal Anthoxanthum odoratum, with Yorkshire fog Holcus lanatus and cats-ear Hypochoeris radicata.
A total of 63 species were identified; 23 were natives (some natives were only identified to genus thus several more ‘species’ were in fact present).
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