Common name: Prickly Currant Bush, Native Currant
Coprosma quadrifida (Labill.) Rob. APNI*
Description: Slender shrub 2–4 m high; branches divaricate, often spinescent; branchlets pubescent.
Leaves crowded, variable, narrow-ovate to obovate or elliptic to lanceolate, 0.5–1.5 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, apex obtuse to subacute, lamina glabrous, venation reticulate; shortly petiolate; stipules obtuse, cuspidate.
Flowers solitary, terminal on axillary branchlets. Male flowers with calyx cup-shaped; corolla funnel-shaped, c. 3 mm long, lobes longer than tube. Female flowers with calyx well-developed; corolla tubular c. 3–4 mm long, lobes longer than tube, recurved.
Drupe oblong, c. 5 mm long, red, crowned by persistent calyx lobes.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in damp sites in woodland, sclerophyll forest and cool-temperate rainforest, usually along creeks; south from Dorrigo.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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