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Coprosma hirtella Labill.
Family Rubiaceae
Common name: Coffee-berry

Coprosma hirtella Labill. APNI*

Description: Erect shrub to c. 2 m high; branches rigid, glabrous or scabrous.

Leaves obovate to ± circular or broad-ovate to lanceolate, mostly 1.2–5 cm long, 10–25 mm wide, apex acute to obtuse and shortly acuminate, lamina glabrous or the upper surface and margins scabrous; petiole 2–5 mm long; stipules triangular, toothed.

Flowers in small terminal or axillary clusters. Male flowers in dense clusters; calyx minute; corolla campanulate c. 6 mm long, lobes scarcely longer than tube. Female flowers in groups of 3; corolla c. 4 mm long, tube short, ± exceeding the calyx, lobes longer than tube.

Drupe globose, 8–10 mm wide, orange-red when ripe.

Photo J. R. Hosking

Other photo
Photo D. Hardin

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in damp sites at higher altitudes, usually on hillsides in woodland or scrub on granite or basalt; south from Mt Kaputar N.P. and the Guyra area.
NSW subdivisions: CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

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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