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NZ Plants

Coprosma areolata - thin-leaved Coprosma

Coffee family: Rubiaceae

Coprosma areolata is a bush with slender branches covered with fine hairs. The broadly elliptic leaves  are thin with a conspicuous reticulated venation and have a pointed tip. Stipules (appendages at the base of leaf stalks) are small with a prominent gland at their tip when young. Pits (domatia) are found on the underside of leaves where lateral veins join the midrib.
An endemic species found in lowland areas throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 5 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 1-2 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic-ovate with pointed tip

Sepals: 4-5 in female; absent in male

Leaf size: 9-15  mm

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: hairs on lower surface, with pores (domatia)

Fruit: fleshy, purple, black