Coprosma quadrifida (Labill.) B.L.Rob.

Prickly Currant-bush

Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts Sci. 45: 409 (1910) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect, often intricate shrub 2–5 m high; branches slender, often spinescent, pubescent at least when young. Leaves c. crowded, variable, lanceolate to broad-ovate, mostly 5–15 mm long and 2–5 mm wide, dull, glabrous, thin-textured, conspicuously reticulate veined beneath, obtuse to subacute, margins flat or slightly recurved; petiole to c. 1.5 mm long; stipules rounded, cuspidate, pubescent. Flowers subsessile, unisexual, solitary, terminal on short branchlets. Male flowers with cup-like calyx; corolla funnel-shaped, c. 3 mm long, lobes longer than tube. Female flowers with deeply toothed calyx; corolla tubular, 3–4 mm long, lobes longer than tube, recurved; style usually 2-branched. Drupe ellipsoid to subglobose, 5–8 mm long, crowned by persistent calyx, glossy, orange to reddish. Flowers Aug.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread and often locally common in moist open-forests, riparian scrubs, fern gullies and rainforest. .

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Rubiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Rubiaceae
genus Coprosma
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Coprosma quadrifida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Coprosma quadrifida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory