Growing here in Takahē Valley, Fiordland, the western subspecies of narrow-leaved snow tussock (Chionochloa rigida amara) is found in the Southern Alps south of around 43°S. There are also two recognised subspecies. Fiordland has the highest tussock biodiversity in New Zealand – one area has 10 species of Chionochloa.
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