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For the region of Tanzania, see Tussock Grassland (Tanzania)

Tussock grassland is a form of open grassland with tussock bunchgrass species, that is common in some Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands ecoregions of the Southern hemisphere. Tussock grasslands are predominantly populated by tufted grasses belonging to the genera Agrostis, Andropogon, Descampsia, Festuca, Koeleria, Pentameris and Poa.


Examples are found in: New Zealand (e.g. New Zealand tussock grasslands), Australia, Argentina, temperate areas of southern and eastern Africa, and some subantarctic islands.

It is usually typified by low rainfall and poor soils, in which few plants other than hardy tussock grasses can flourish.

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