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Forest Vines to Snow Tussocks: The Story of New Zealand Plants

Subalpine Zone

Subalpine Zone

Unlike in New Zealand, Nothofagus does not extend up to the treeline. The subalpine zone from about 3200 to 3800 m is occupied by a low forest about 10 m high with emergents (mostly conifers) to 15 m. Again there is a mixture of conifers (Dacrycarpus, Papuacedrus and Phyllocladus) and broadleaves among which species of Tittosporum, Myrsine, Schefflera, Rhododendron and Vaccinium are prominent.