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Coprosma repens

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Family: RubiaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to tree, vine. Leaf: generally opposite (whorled), entire; stipules generally fused to stem, adjacent pairs occasionally fused, or occasionally leaf-like and appearing like whorled leaves. Inflorescence: cyme, panicle, spike, cluster, or flower 1, generally terminal and +- axillary. Flower: generally bisexual; calyx +- 4(5)-lobed, occasionally 0 (Galium, Crucianella) or 6 (Sherardia); corolla generally radial, 4(5)-lobed; stamens epipetalous, alternate corolla lobes, generally included; ovary generally inferior, chambers generally 2 or 4, style 1(2). Fruit: drupe, berry, or 2 or 4 nutlets [capsule].
Genera In Family: +- 500 genera, 6000 species: worldwide, especially tropics; many cultivated, including Coffea, coffee; Cinchona, quinine; many ornamental. Note: Diodia teres Walter doubtfully in California.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Lauramay T. Dempster, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: CoprosmaView Description 

Habit: Shrub, tree; dioecious. Inflorescence: cyme, flowers 1--5. Flower: in cup from 2 partly fused bracts; calyx lobes 4--5; corolla tube funnel- to bell-shaped; ovary chambers 2; styles 2. Fruit: drupe, spheric, succulent; calyx generally persistent.
Species In Genus: 100--150 species: temperate & montane tropics Australasia, Pacific Islands, South America. Etymology: (Greek: dung smell, from leaf odor of some species)

Coprosma repens A. Rich.
Habit: Shrub or small tree < 8 m, erect to prostrate. Stem: stout, bark light brown, new stems hairy. Leaf: petiole 8--16 mm; blade 2--8 cm, 1.5--5 cm wide, glossy, dark green adaxially, paler abaxially, fleshy, broad-oblong, gland-like pits abaxially at midvein axils. Inflorescence: peduncle branched; flowers in short, compound cymes. Flower: corolla funnel-shaped. Fruit: +- 10 mm, orange-red.
Ecology: Disturbed places, landscaped coastal bluff; Elevation: < 50 m. Bioregional Distribution: CCo; Distribution Outside California: native to New Zealand. Flowering Time: Feb--Nov Note: Ornamental; habit varied, often prostrate on exposed cliffs.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Lauramay T. Dempster
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Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston & Lauramay T. Dempster 2016. Coprosma repens, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

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