Weeds are quick to colonise open ground and areas that have been disturbed by fire, grazing animals or slips. They are often seen alongside railway lines such as this one in Auckland. Kikuyu grass covers the open foreground. Behind this from left to right are woolly nightshade, tree privet and pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana), the fluffy flower heads of which are often mistaken for native toetoe (Cortaderia fulvida).
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Photograph by Alan Esler
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