Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Rugged West Coast Scrub

Rugged West Coast Scrub
Originally uploaded by mchnz.
Here we have a typical sampling of West Coast scrub land. Flax in the foreground. The flax-like bush standing up is the native "Cabbage Tree" (Ti Kouki). And of course, the yellow flowered shrubs are yet more introduced gorse.

As I described in my previous post, by looking at landmarks and buildings in surrounding images,I'd say this image was taken near the middle of this google maps view somewhere between Te Kinga and Ruru, just before Moana Station (the track runs along side Lake Brunner Road).

Gorse was introducted to New Zealand by European settlers. In New Zealand, gorse has no natural pests or diseases. Once the native bush and forests were burnt and cleared, gorse spread EVERYWHERE. We've personally spent many weekends with gloves, loppers, pruning saws, and Roundup (Glyphosate) keeping it under control (we are talking dump truck sized quantities from a domestic section - it really does get around). If kept under control, gorse is OK protection for regenerating native bush - so it's not all bad.

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