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Coprosma waima

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Subfamily: Rubioideae
Tribe: Anthospermeae
Genus: Coprosma
Species: C. Waima
Scientific name: Coprosma waima

Coprosma Waima is a nationally endangered species of coprosma. This is a 1-3 m high erect shrub endemic to the Waima Forest in Northland were it grows in an altitude range of 640–760 m. It habit is rock faces, steep south-facing slopes under forests of other native trees. It has one to several main stems each up to 40 mm in diameter, and the branches have a yellow-brown bark.
Its has large and oblong sessile (attached directly by its base without a stalk or peduncle) leaves which are 50–180 mm long, 30–70 mm wide and have a pale midvein on upper leaf surface.
In autumn and spring flowers appear which are insignificant in appearance. After flowering 7–10 mm long orange-red colour fruit develop.

For more details visist:
http://wwwold.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/biosystematics/plants/coprosmakey/key/Coprosma/Media/Html/C_waima.htm

Photographed at Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve. Wellington.  




Top surface of a leaf


Underside of leaf