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Matagouri (Discaria toumatou)

Last Modified: 7-10-2018 21:47

Matagouri detail with flowers
Matagouri detail with flowers

Matagouri (Discaria toumatou) is New Zealand's only endemic plant with thorns, common in tussock grasslands of the South Island, particularly east of the Main Divide. In a similar way to legumes (although matagouri is not a legume) the plantĀ forms a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen fixing bacteria, enabling it to grow in nutrient poor soils.

This example was photographed in the Sutherland Stream area of the Wither Hills Farm Park.

Location: Latitude: -41.549377 Longitude: 173.965546"

Image Date: 22/8/1970

Photographer: Christopher Cookson

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