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This elegant grass with the waving seed-heads of silver is Toetoe, New Zealand's largest native grass, growing in clumps up to 3m in height. Toetoe is often called 'cutty grass' by children, because of the many fine, sharp teeth along the edges of the leaves, which are 3-5 cm wide. The flowers are white, feathery arching plumes that grow up to 6m high. Toetoe is generally seen growing in groups of 5 or 6 clumps.

In the background on the right you can see Rangitoto, the youngest of the islands in New Zealandís Hauraki Gulf, Aucklandís most well known landmark. Rangitoto has commanding superb views of the city and surrounding islands from its summit, its terrain is a testament to the last volcanic eruption some 600 years ago. It is an island covered in rugged lava crops, lush native bush and sandy coves. Rising to a height of 260 metres the circular island presents the nearly the same similar uniform appearance and is visible from most parts of the mainland. Situated about 8 km northeast of Auckland. It has a wonderful volcanic landscape that supports over 200 species of moss, plants and trees including the largest pohutukawa forest in the world.

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