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Coprosma nitida

Shining Coprosma

Small dense upright shrub, prostrate in exposed positions. Stiff spiny branches.

Additional information

  • FamilyRubiaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1-2.5 m x 0.5-1 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesCrowded, thick glossy green, narrow oblong leaves 5-21 mm x 2-5 mm with 1 vein beneath.
  • Flower colourGreenish
  • Flowering timeDecember to March
  • FlowersSmall flowers singly on the ends of small branchlets. Male & female flowers on separate plants (dioecious). Glossy orange-red fruit.
  • Bird attractingBerries
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in mountain forests locally, above 900 m. (Also occurs in sub-alpine areas.) Frost and snow tolerant. Partial to dappled shade.
  • Garden useDecorative small plant in cool moist areas.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Related speciesSimilar to Coprosma quadrifidus but leaves are thicker, shiny and single veined below.
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 4 Marilyn Bull ©; 3 Ken Harris ©

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