tussock


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

tussock

1. a dense tuft of vegetation, esp of grass
2. Austral and NZ
a. short for tussock grass
b. the. country where tussock grass grows

tussock

[′təs·ək]
(ecology)
A small hummock of generally solid ground in a bog or marsh, usually covered with and bound together by the roots of low vegetation such as grasses, sedges, or ericaceous shrubs.
References in periodicals archive ?
In front of us was a 1,200-pound moose, and behind us lay a vast sea of tussock grass and thick willows.
On the right-hand side, the driest areas were assembled by highest correlation with the non-tussock hemicriptophytes and autochoric (FG1), tussock hemicriptophytes (FG4) and geophytes (FG5).
In terms of route planning, you want the ice road to be near water sources, but you want to stay away from areas that have tussocks or are really rough," Wieman remarks.
The description of the caterpillars was consistent with the white-marked tussock moth caterpillar (Orgyia leucostigma) (Figure), which ranges through much of the eastern United States and as far west as Texas and Colorado.
Herbaceous plants (a total of 16 species found) were mostly tussock-forming graminoids, among which Molinia caerulea dominated with the coverage of up to 65% (mean 37%) and up to 40 cm (mean 25 cm) high tussocks.
The development of the tussock architecture in Spartina argentinensis Parodi (Poaceae: Chlorideae) is analyzed.
Rabbits are destroying the tall tussock grass that regulates the temperature of the nesting burrows and also provides critical cover from predators.
In the late 1960s, Ryder (1972) classified habitat at Karrak Lake as marsh tundra (hereafter, wet tussock tundra), dry tundra, and heath tundra.
It took us just over 20 minutes to drop down out of the high country to the edge of the snow line where patches of tussock grass became visible, protruding through the ice.
The gypsy moth is a type of tussock moth native to Europe.