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Coprosma parviflora - leafy coprosma

Coffee family: Rubiaceae

Coprosma parviflora is a bush with interlaced, flattened branches. Stems are covered with hairs when young and bear clusters of small oval leaves with hairs on their lower surface. Stipules (appendages at the base of leaf stalks) are triangular and covered with hairs. Flowers are borne in clusters at the ends of short branches.
An endemic species found on the Three Kings Islands and the upper half of the North Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, narrowly elliptic-obovate

Sepals: 4-5, absent in male flower

Leaf size: 7-12 mm

Petals: 4- 5, green

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 underneath, with pores (domatia)

Fruit: fleshy, purple or white