- Bushy shrub or small tree up to 4 m tall, with greyish bark and young branchlets hairy when young.
- Small, thick, glossy leaves occur in clusters and have downturned, reddish margins and undersides that are distinctly paler than the upper surface.
- The small, yellowish-white fruit are roughly pear-shaped.
Distribution and Habitat
- North and South Islands, but localised to the Taihape area in the North Island, and scattered from Nelson to Otago in the South Island.
- Coprosma obconica occurs in open forest and shrubland, often on riversides and terraces.
- Habitat modification and loss.
- Survey for new locations.
- Mark known sites.
- Protection of habitat – riparian setbacks to protect existing stands.
- 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.
- 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.