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NZ Plants

Coprosma pedicellata

Coffee family: Rubiaceae

Coprosma pedicellata is a bush with interlaced, leafy branches. The small oval to obovate leaves are clusterd on short side shoots and are a yellow-green with a small cluster of hairs on the upper surface close to the leaf tip. 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 commonly found in eastern areas of the North and South Islands in moist lowland forest.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 9 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 3-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, oval to obovate

Sepals: 4-5

Leaf size: 10-12 x 3-7 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, with pores (domatia)

Fruit: fleshy, purple