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Corokia cotoneaster - korokio, wire-netting bush

family: Argophyllaceae

Corokia cotoneaster is a low shrub distinguished by its zig-zag (divaricating) interlaced branches and small, almost round, green or bronze coloured leaves. Both branches and the lower surface of leaves have a dense covering of silvery hairs.
An endemic species found in dry to exposed areas throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m with interlacing branches

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 5-8 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided ,oval

Sepals: 5, green

Leaf size: 8-25 mm

Petals: 5, yellow

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem or in groups

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs sparse on upper surface, dense on lower surface

Fruit: fleshy