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Coprosma propinqua - mingimingi

Coffee family: Rubiaceae

Coprosma propinqua is a bush up to 6 m to a low prostrate mat-forming plant with interlacing branches. Stems are hairy when young and bear variably shaped glossy, narrow leaves in opposite pairs or in clusters (fascicles). Stipules (appendages at the base of leaf stalks) are are broad and covered with hairs. Flowers are borne in clusters at the ends of short branches.
An endemic species found throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: erect shrub up to 3 m or prostrate

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, narrowly


Sepals: 4-5

Leaf size: 10-14 x 2-3  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: hairless

Fruit: fleshy, blue