is a genus of tussock grass
in the Poaceae
family, containing mainly species of grass endemic
to New Zealand
such as snow tussock (e.g. Chionochloa conspicua
), red tussock
. Most of the 24 species in the genus grow in clumps, some up to 1.5 m tall.
Red tussock dominates the tall tussock grasslands on the North Islands volcanic mountains and can also be found in areas on the northern half of the South Island. Snow tussock, of which there are several species, can be found above the tree line together with other species.
Some of the species are referred to as snowgrass or its ellipsis of snowgrass tussock.