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The flora and vegetation of Cheeseman Island

Peter J. de Lange
Department of Conservation
16 October 2015


The flora and vegetation of Cheeseman Island, southern Kermadec Islands, is described. Cheeseman Island has a small flora of 24 vascular plants (3 pteridophytes, 21 spermatophytes) and 11 bryophytes (one liverwort and ten mosses). There are also six naturalised vascular plant species. Limited observations on the island’s lichenized fungi are made and two subtidal marine algae recorded. Four plant associations are recognised: bare rock and cliff faces, lichen field, Disphyma turf and Cyperus sedgeland. Prior to visiting Cheeseman Island (May 2011), the island had been severely damaged by Cyclone Bune (March 2011). Cheeseman Island has a richer flora than the two geologically comparable southern Kermadec Islands, Curtis and Haszard. This most likely reflects a lack of recent botanical investigation on these similar sized islands.

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Peter de J. Lange. The flora and vegetation of Cheeseman Island, southern Kermadec Islands. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Bulletin of the Auckland Museum 20: 243:252.