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- n. tall grass of New Zealand grown for plumelike flower heads
- n. used by Maoris for thatching
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I just looked on wikipedia, and I can't tell the difference between toetoe and pampas grass.
Pampas grass tends to have a pink tint to the seed head, and I vaguely remember reading that it seeds at a different time of year than toetoe although I can't remember when!
Although if pressed, I would have to say my picture looks more like the one under toetoe because it's fluffier.
Although the URL for the toetoe page spells it toitoi.
Nasties from New Zealand that have become established in Australia include orange hawkweed, perennial grass, mirror plant, toetoe, New Zealand flax, lettuce aphid, the cabbage white butterfly, the sirex wood wasp, needle blight, and the monterey pine aphid.
As the light fades, the sound of the wind mingles with the rush of the rapids, the soft rattle of toetoe, the creak of an old dead branch somewhere up the track behind the hut.
I don’t know if it is, but that photo reminds me of the New Zealand plant toetoe.