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Alseuosmia macrophylla - karopapa, toropapa

Family Alseuosmiaceae

Alseuosmia macrophylla
is a shade-loving woody shrub with dark green leaves. An unusual feature are the small tufts of red-brown hairs at the junction of the leaf stalk with the stem. Found in lowland forest in the North Island and the north portion of the South Island. This family is naturally found in  New Guinea, New Caledonia, Australia and New Zealand.
The genus Alseuosmia with about 7 species is endemic to New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Leaf form: shrub up to 3 m Arrangement of parts:: symmetric
  Flower size: 8-10 mm diam.  x 35-40 mm long
Leaf form: undivided, linear-oblong Sepals: 4-5, fused at base
Leaf size: 70-180 mm Petals: 4-5, fused
Leaf arrangement: singly on the stem Sexuality: bisexual
Leaf attachment: tuft of hairs Stamens: 4-5
Leaf margin: toothed Ovary: below petals
Leaf surface: hairless Fruit: fleshy