Tussac Jason islands


Tussac- click on an icon to find the plant

Maritime tussac formation, confined to coastal regions and usually under 200m above sea level, once fringed the East and West Falklands mainland coasts. It is now mostly confined to small offshore islands due to the introduction of livestock and probably a lot of it was destroyed by sealers burning it to flush out sea-lions in the 17 and 1800's. Where the tussac has been removed sometimes sand dunes have resulted. It is being replanted by Falkland Conservation in some areas. Other plants may grow between the pedestals where the tussac peat has eroded to give bare surfaces.
tussac grass Tussac Grass Poa flabellata marram sand grass Marram 'Sand' Grass Ammophila arenaria
wild celery Wild Celery Apium australe strawberry Falklands Strawberry Rubus geoides
thrift Falklands Thrift Armeria macloviana ssmooth ragwort Falkland Smooth Ragwort Senecio vaginatus
bead plant Bead Plant Nertera granadenis Lesser sea-spurrey Spergularia marina

Birds that might be seen in tussac:

striated caracara johnny rook Striated Caracara Phalcoboenus australis magellanic penguins Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus
short eared owl Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus grass wren Grass Wren (Short-billed Marsh Wren) Cistothorus platensis falklandicus
tussac bird Tussac Bird Cinclodes antarcticus antarcticus southern house wren, cobbs wren Cobb's Wren (Southern House Wren) Troglodytes aëdon cobbi

Other residents that might be in tussac:

SOUTH AMERICAN SEA LION Otaria flavescens    

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