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Coprosma dodonaeifolia

Coffee family: Rubiaceae

Coprosma dodonaeifolia is a bush with slender, erect and opposite branches. The narrow elliptic leaves are wider at the tip than at the base (obovate) and are somewhat leathery. Stipules (appendages at the base of leaf stalks) are triangular with a prominent gland at their tip when young. Pits (domatia) are found on the underside of leaves where lateral veins join the midrib. Flowers are borne in clusters at the ends of branches (peduncles).
An endemic species found on the Coromandel Peninsula and Great Barrier Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 2-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, narrowly elliptic-obovate

Sepals: 4-5

Leaf size: 60-140   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

Ovary: below petals

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

Fruit: fleshy, red