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Coprosma perpusilla Colenso
Family Rubiaceae
Coprosma perpusilla Colenso APNI*

Description: Prostrate subshrub; stems mat-forming, 30–40 cm long, rooting at nodes, glabrous.

Leaves crowded on short erect shoots, lanceolate to oblanceolate or ovate to obovate, mostly 0.45–0.7 cm long, 2–3.5 mm wide, apex obtuse, lamina glabrous, shiny, veins obscured; shortly petiolate; stipules triangular to shortly rounded, margins ± ciliate.

Flowers terminal on erect branchlets, sessile, greenish white to orange-yellow with red flecks. Male flowers with a cup-like calyx; corolla obconical, 7–14 mm long, lobes much shorter than tube. Female flowers with calyx deeply lobed; corolla 3.4–6.5 mm long, lobes shorter than or equal to tube; style branches 3 or 4.

Drupe ovoid to globose, 4–6 mm long, red to orange.


Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in a variety of habitats in alpine and subalpine regions; south from Kosciusko N.P.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept:

N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. perpusilla

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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