Scientific Name:
Coprosma rhamnoides A.Cunn., Ann. Nat. Hist. 2: 206 (1839)
  • = Coprosma polymorpha W.R.B.Oliv., 132: 92 (1935)

Spreading much-branched shrub up to 1–(2) m. tall; branches stiff, rather slender, ± divaricate; bark reddish-brown; branchlets finely pubescent. Lvs often fascicled on short branchlets; petioles 1–2–(3) mm., pubescent. Stipules very small, suboblong, obtuse, pubescent, surmounted by conspicuous sharp denticle. Lamina coriac. to submembr., glab., orbicular to broad-ovate to broadly ovate-oblong (young lvs linear-lanceolate or of adult form), obtuse or rounded to truncate to acute, sts apiculate; 7–12 × 4–14 mm., us. showing some diversity on an individual plant; margins us. thickened. Reticulations of veins evident, at least below. ♂ solitary or 2–4 together on short branchlets; calyx 0; corolla funnelform, lobes c. 4 mm. long, > tube, ovate, acute. ♀ solitary on short branchlets; calyx-teeth minute; corolla tubular, lobes narrow, acute, ± = tube. Drupe dark crimson to almost black, depressed-globose, 3–4 mm. diam.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

Indigenous (Endemic)
Cunningham, A. 1839: Florae insularum Novae Zelandiae precursor; or a specimen of the botany of the islands of New Zealand. Annals of Natural History 2: 125–132.
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
Druce, A.P. 1989: Coprosma waima (Rubiaceae) - a new species from northern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 27: 119–128.
Kirk,T. 1899: The Students' Flora of New Zealand and the Outlying Islands. Government Printer, Wellington, N.Z.
Oliver, W.R.B. 1935: The genus Coprosma. Bulletin of Bishop Museum 132