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Coprosma pseudocuneata (Variable coprosma)

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

Coprosma pseudocuneata is an erect open-branched variable shrub up to 3 m tall with stout branches. Its habitat is subalpine scrub and shrubland and is found from the Raukumara range in the North Island of New Zealand south as far as Stewart Island at an altitude range of 240–1525 m. On Mt Taranaki/Egmont it is found in subalpine scrub and shrubland from 1100 to 1400 metres above sea level.
The dense foliage can be dark green with long narrow leaves or yellow-green with short broad leaves. It has solitary light yellow flowers from December to January and its fruits appear February till May. The oblong 5–6 mm long fruits are usually red, orange-red, orange, pale purple, pale yellow or yellowish white.

Photographed Stratford Plateau area, East Mt Egmont/Taranaki October. The leaves have a yellowish tinge at this time of the year.


Photographed Stratford Plateau area, East Mt Egmont/Taranaki October


Photographed Stratford Plateau area, East Mt Egmont/Taranaki October


A young plant photographed at Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve. Wellington. 
 
 

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