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


This chapter will be largely based on the common type of conifer broadleaf forest found throughout the country on adequately drained and reasonably fertile soils. It comprises a mixture of conifers mostly of the family Podocarpaceae; herbaceous and woody flowering plants; and ferns.

The features of other more restricted types will be considered later: well drained coastal forest without conifers; kauri (Agathis australis) dominated forest in the warmer northern North Island on less fertile, but well drained soils; mangrove (Avicennia resinifera) low forest at similar latitudes in the intertidal zone; and freshwater swamp and bog forests.