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Coprosma repens - taupata, mirror plant

Coffee family: Rubiaceae

Coprosma repens is a shrub with widely-spreading branches and distinctive glossy, fleshy leaves. Stipules (appendages at the base of leaf stalks) are short with small black glands (denticles) along their margins.
An endemic species found on North and South Islands and especially common in exposed coastal areas.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 8 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 3-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: elliptic, ovate

Sepals: 4-5

Leaf size: 5-90 mm long

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: hairless

Fruit: fleshy, red, orange