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Leptostigma setulosum

Coffee family: Rubiaceae

Leptostigma setulosum is a small, spreading, wiry-stemmed herb that forms mats 20-30 cm in diameter. Stems and branches are covered in short bristly hairs, leaves are opposite and flowers are bisexual.
Formerly known Nertera setulosa.
An endemic species found throughout New Zealand..

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: mat-forming herb 1-2 cm high

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 3-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: ovate to broadly elliptic

Sepals: 4-5

Leaf size: 5-10 mm long

Petals: 4- 5, green, purple

Leaf arrangement: in opposite pairs

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: stipules

Stamens: 4-5

Leaf margin: hairs

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry