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CURRENT ALERT
ALL DOC FACILITIES CLOSED! Limited facilities in Arthur's Pass Village.
COVID-19 RESPONSE: ALL DOC campsites, huts, tracks, great walks, and visitor centres are now closed throughout New Zealand. HUNTING, FISHING, TRAMPING ETC IS NOT PERMITTED! No one is to use campsites or any hut for self-isolation or "lock-down"! Where ever you find yourself NOW (midnight 25th March), is where you MUST live for the NEXT 4 WEEKS+!

Only limited facilities / resources will be available in Arthur's Pass Village after midnight Wednesday 25th March.

Beech Forest

Throughout the eastern valleys of the park, mountain beech usually monopolises the forest canopy from valley floor to bushline. The general distribution of mountain beech shows it to be a remarkably versatile species capable of growing from sea level to altitudes of more than 1500 metres, in both dry and boggy conditions. Mountain beech thrives on catastrophe, and is quick to regenerate after storm damage and slips.

There are some areas of silver beech in the upper poulter valley, and also mid-slope pockets of red beech. Enlarge picture below to see different beech leaves.

There is little understorey in the drier south-eastern areas of the park, but as you get closer to the divide, the beech forest becomes more complex with understoreys of small trees such as broadleaf, koromiko, tree daisies and ribbonwoods.

CHECKLIST

TREES:
Mountain Beech
Red Beech
Silver Beech
Broad leaf
Mountain Ribbonwood
Lancewood
Marble leaf
SHRUBS:
Coprosma
Koromiko
Tree Daisy
Mountain Toatoa
Three finger
Snowberry
Manuka
CLIMBERS AND PARASITES:
Lawyer
Mistletoe
FERNS AND LICHEN:
Hard fern
Shield fern
Old man's Beard

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