Story: Dune lands

Pīngao (1st of 2)


Pīngao (Desmoschoenus spiralis) is an endemic sand-binding plant. The shape of dunes is influenced by the vegetation growing on them. Dunes with pīngao tend to have a low, regular profile, while dunes planted with introduced marram grass (Ammophila arenaria) are higher and have an irregular shape.

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Carl Walrond, 'Dune lands - Dune lands today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007