Coprosma rhamnoidies

Life Form:
Tiny wind pollinated flowers

Flowers Seeds Dispersal:
Ruby to black coloured fruit are dispersed by birds

Coprosma rhamnoides grows on well drained sloping ground, in both exposed sites and shady forest. Individuals of this species are remarkably adaptive to different environments. The divaricate nature of Coprosma rhamnoides is typical of many unrelated small leafed shrubs in New Zealand. These shrubs typically have wide branching angles and small leaves. Frequently side branches will predominate over the main stem, producing a tight tangle of twiggy growth particularly in sunny exposed sites. Divaricate shrubs are a distinctive feature of New Zealand flora and there has been considerable speculation about their origin