Kōrero: Native plants and animals – overview

Alpine plants (2 o 3)

Alpine plants

Mountain daisies and cushion plants have successfully adapted to the harsh alpine environment. Daisies have thick, woolly leaves which help them resist drying winds. New Zealand’s alpine flora is very rich, although a curious feature is that at least 78% have white flowers. These tend to be a simple bowl shape. As New Zealand has few specialist flower visitors (such as social bees), it is thought that alpine plants have these open, white flowers to attract as wide a range of insects that may help pollinate it. In lands with specialised pollinators, plants have tended to evolve with more complex flowers.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10050275
Photograph by J. Davis

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Bob Brockie, 'Native plants and animals – overview - Alpine, wetland and coastal plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/10619/alpine-plants (accessed 6 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Bob Brockie, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007