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NZ Plants

Coprosma virescens

Coffee family: Rubiaceae

Coprosma virescens is a many branched open shrub. Branches are weeping and interlaced (divaricating) and bear widely spaced, small leaves. Stems are hairy when young and stipules (appendages at the base of leaf stalks) are obscure, joined at their base. Pits (domatia) are found on the underside of leaves where lateral veins join the midrib.
An endemic species found throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size:2-3  mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, spoon-shaped to oblong

Sepals: 4-5 in female; absent in male

Leaf size: 5-8 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:  smooth with  pores (domatia) on undersurface

Fruit: fleshy