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Divaricating Discaria toumatou
January 2, 2012

1.Discaria toumatou, also known as Matagouri or the Wild Irishman. 2.The Discaria genus belongs to the Rhamnaceae family, and consists of at least 15 species (Stuessy and Ono 2007). D. toumatou is endemic to New Zealand and thus does not naturally exist anywhere else. Matagouri is a divaricating shrub, a growth form common in New Zealand. Divaricating shrubs are characterized by wide branch angles, tough stems and small leaves. (more...)

tags: Field trip Southland/Otago, Biogeography of New Zealand

location: Remarkables, Otago, New Zealand

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The rocks of the Remarkables
January 2, 2012

1.Metamorphic schist rock in the Remarkables 2.The Remarkables mountain range extends from Kawaru River to Staircase creek. Its highest peak reaches 2,324 m at Double cone. The rock forming the range is predominantly schist. Alpine zones are a unique environment in New Zealand and are home to incredible biodiversity. 3.This rock was created by the metamorphism of greywacke formed 130-250 million years ago, and was thus once part of old Zelandia. (more...)

tags: Field trip Southland/Otago, Biogeography of New Zealand, Life in Extreme Environments

location: Canterbury, New Zealand

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