Story: Coastal shoreline

Marram grass (3rd of 3)

Marram grass

Marram grass has been extensively planted around the coast and now is the dominant cover of most dunes. It is a vigorous tussock-forming grass which is very effective in trapping sand.

Its fine network of roots can extend 2 metres or so down into the sand where water is available for growth.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Melanie Lovell-Smith

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Sand dunes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4829/marram-grass (accessed 29 March 2017)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006