The shrub covered gumlands of New Zealand are found north of Auckland and occur on strongly leached soils that are derived from weathered sands, sandstones and claystones. They are a source of kauri gum - the fossil resin resin from Agathis australis - hence their name.
Dracophyllum lessonianum (left, by Peter de Lange) and Schoenus brevifolius (right, by John Smith-Dodsworth).
This ecosystem type is infertile and acidic and is dominated by several common species:
It also supports a wide range of rare or threatened plant species including:
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This page last updated on 26 Sep 2012