2015/16- Beech/Podocarp Masting Event

It looks like the southern South Island is gearing up for another solid Beech seed mast this Summer/Autumn. Also predictions show that it may be a heavy podocarp fruiting season as well! The native tussocks (Chionochloa) often seed heavily at the same time as beech so these could go nuts as well. All this fruiting combined could create a lot of food for rodents, potentially causing another rodent/mustelid plague in our native forests and grasslands next Spring and into Summer of 2016/17.

Keep a lookout and chuck your observations up on this new page I've created.

Posted on October 25, 2015 23:51 by rowan_hindmarsh_walls rowan_hindmarsh_walls | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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The aim of this project is to record any heavy flowering/seeding (seed masting) events occurring in New Zealand native plant groups over the years. It would be interesting to see if any patterns become apparent and what plant groups have similar 'Masting' cue's. A masting event can be classified as a synchronised heavy seeding event across a species, genus or family of plants in a ...more ↓

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