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NZ Plants

Coprosma acutifolia - Kermadec Coprosma

Coffee family: Rubiaceae

Coprosma acutifolia is a small tree with slender branches that bear elliptic leaves. Stipules (appendages at the base of leaf stalks) are sheathing with a prominent gland at their tip when young. Pits (domatia) are found on the underside of leaves where lateral veins join the midrib.
to Raoul Island in the Kermadec Islands.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 7 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic-ovate

Sepals: 4-5

Leaf size:40-100  mm

Petals: 4- 5, green

Leaf arrangement: in opposite pairs along the stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: stipules

Stamens: 4-5

Leaf margin: smooth, waved

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairless,with pores (domatia) on undersurface

Fruit: fleshy, orange