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Coprosma intertexta

Coffee family: Rubiaceae

Coprosma intertexta is an erect to spreading openly branched bush with slender slightly interlaced branches that are hairy when young. The narrow leaves are in opposite pairs or in clusters (fascicles) and are slightly curved and flexible. Stipules (appendages at the base of leaf stalks) are broad and inconspicuous.
An endemic species found on the South Island in inter-mountain basins.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 2 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, narrow

Sepals: 4-5, absent in male flower

Leaf size: 10 mm long x 1-2 mm wide

Petals: 4- 5, 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, with pores (domatia) on undersurface

Fruit: fleshy, blue or white