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Festuca multinodis (Creeping fescue)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Festuca
Species: Festuca multinodis
Common name: Creeping fescue

Festuca multinodis is a scrambling, prostrate native grass endemic to the North Island (south-west Kaimanawa Mountains, north-west Ruahine Range, Manawatu Gorge, coastal from Cape Turnagain to Cook Strait); South Island (Marlborough Sounds, Kaikoura Ranges to Waipara, North Canterbury). It grows on rocks cliffs and bluffs from coastal to alpine areas. From November to April the florets containing the seeds are dispersed by wind, water and attachment.

For more details visit: http://www.kew.org/data/grasses-db/www/imp04719.htm 

Photographed at Otari Wilton Bush Reserve, Wellington.