- Densely leafy, bushy shrub or small tree, 2-5 m tall, with bright orange inner bark on older branches and trunk.
- Leaves are small, thick, and dark green on the surface.
- The fleshy fruits are dark red and are constricted between the two seeds, which are spherical, unlike in other species of New Zealand Coprosma.
Distribution and Habitat
- North and South Islands, from the central North Island to Southland.
- Typically occurs on alluvial frost flats in association with other divaricate shrubs, or sometimes on fertile hillsides.
- Habitat modification and loss.
- Weed growth preventing regeneration of seedlings.
- Animal browse of seedlings.
- Survey for new locations.
- Mark known sites.
- Protection of habitat.
- Collect seed, propagate, and translocate or reintroduce to appropriate sites.
- Possum control by poisoning or trapping.
- Ensure that forest owners are aware of potential habitats and can recognise the species.
- Check existing populations annually.
- Report new locations to DOC, NZPCN.
Further Information and Support
- New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN). http://www.nzpcn.org.nz
- Weed and pest control - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.
- Dopson et al. (1999). The conservation requirements of New Zealand’s nationally threatened vascular plants. Threatened Species Occasional Publication 13. Department of Conservation, Wellington.
- Poole & Adams (1994). Trees and shrubs of New Zealand. Maanaki Whenua Press, Lincoln.
- Wilson & Galloway (1993). Small-leaved shrubs of New Zealand. Manuka Press, Christchurch.