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NZ Plants

Coprosma lucida - karamu, shiny karamu

Coffee family: Rubiaceae

Coprosma lucida is a tall shrub with stout branches and shiny, fleshy leave. Leaves have a raised main vein on the upper and lower surfaces. Stipules (appendages at the base of leaf stalks) are triangular with fine hairs (cilia) and several terminal glands (denticles).
An endemic species commonly found on North and South Islands in shrubland and forest margins.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 6 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 3-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: elliptic

Sepals: 4-5

Leaf size: 5-90 mm long

Petals: 4- 5, green, purple

Leaf arrangement: in opposite pairs or in clusters

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: stipules

Stamens: 4-5

Leaf margin:  smooth

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: fleshy, red, orange