Flora and Fauna

Fifty six species were recorded during the brief inspection. Several of the species found are of particular note, however the flora is generally similar to that of the adjacent Mabel Bush Scenic Reserve. Of greatest interest is the presence of the fierce lancewood (Pseudopanax ferrox) and Melicytis augustifolius which are both listed as being nationally rare. Also of not is the presence of a group of species which are more typical of the limestone country and drier, well drained slopes of Forest Hill and the western Hokonui Hills. These include Coprosma linariifolia, Coprosma rubra, Coprosma virescens, Melicope simplex, Fuchsia colensoi and Pseudopanax ferrox.


Plant Species List

FernsFauna at Sherwood Forest, Tussock Creek

Azolla fifculoides – an aquatic fern
Axplenium flabellifolium
Asplenium flaccidum
Blechnum fluviatile
Blechnum penna-marina
Blechnum sp ‘swamp’
Cyathea smithii – soft tree fern
Histeopteris incise – water fern
Hypolepis millefollium – thousand leaved
Phymatasorus diversifollius – hounds-tongue fern
Polystichum vestum – prickly shield fern

Gymnosperms

Dacrycarpus dacrydioides – white pine (kahikatea)
Podocarpus hallii – thin barked totaraThe Sherwood Forest Reserve, Tussock Creek
Prumnopitys taxifolia – black pine (matai)

Dicot Herbs

Acaena anserinifolia – a bidibid
Cardamine sp
Hydrocotyle heteromeria – a pennywort
Lagenifera strangulate – a ground daisy
Oxalis sp
Schizeilemia trifoliolatum
Senecio minimus – wireweed
Stellaria parviflora – native chickweed
Urtica incise – native stinging nettle
Viola filicaulis – forest violet

Trees, Shrubs and Climbers

Carpodetus serratus – marbelleaf
Clematis foetida – yellow clematis
Cleamatis paniculata – white clematis
Coprosma linariifolia
Coprosma propinqua – mingimingi
Coprosma rhamnoides
Coprosma rigida
Coprosmarotundifolia
Coprosma rubra?
Coprosma virescens
Elaeocarpus hookerianus – pokaka
Fuchsia colensoi – shrub fuchsia
Fuchsia excorticate – tree fuchsia
Griselinia littoralis – broadleaf
Hebe salicifolia – koromiko
Melicope simplex
Melicytus augustifolia
Muehlenbeckia aystralis
Myrsine divaricata – weeping mapou
Neomyrtis pedunculata – rohutu
Parsonsia heterophylla – native jasmine
Pennantia corymbosa – ducksfoot (kaikomako)
Pittosporum tenuifolium – black mapou
Plagianthus betulinus – lowland ribbonwood
Pseudopanax crassifolius – lancewood
Pseudopanax ferros – fierce lancewood
Pseudowintera colorata – pepper tree
Rubus schmelidioides – a laywer
Sophora microphylla – kowhai

Monocotyledons

Carex secta – niggerhead
Earina mucronata – an epiphytic orchid
Pterostylis Montana – a hooded orchid