Chionochloa bromoides (Seabird Tussock)
Species: C. bromoides
Binomial name: Chionochloa bromoides
Synonyms: Danthonia bromides
Common Names: Seabird Tussock, Coastal Tussock,
Chionochloa bromoides is an uncommon native grass confined to northern offshore islands and easterly headlands from the Bay of Islands south to the Poor Knights, Chickens and Mokohinau Islands. One westerly outlier occurs at Maunganui Bluff. The photo below was taken at Otari Wilton Bush Botanical collection in Wellington.
Its habitat is on coastal cliff faces, bluffs and in petrel scrub. The common name ‘Seabird Tussock’ is because sometimes their bases are heavily burrowed by nesting sea birds. Occurs November – March
For more details visit: http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.asp?ID=439
Photographed at Otari Wilton Bush Reserve.