Coprosma hirtella Labill.

Rough Coprosma

Nov. Holl. Pl. 1: 70 (1805) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect to spreading shrub to c. 2 m high; branches often square in section, glabrous or scabrous. Leaves obovate, suborbicular, broad-ovate or lanceolate, mostly 15–50 mm long and 10–25 mm wide, acute to obtuse, shortly acuminate and mucronate, glabrous but upper surface often scabrous, margins recurved, often scabrous; petiole 2–5 mm long; stipules triangular, toothed. Flowers subsessile, unisexual (female flowers sometimes with staminodes), in small terminal or axillary clusters. Male flowers in dense, many-flowered clusters on short axillary branches; calyx small, cup-like; corolla campanulate, c. 6 mm long, lobes scarcely longer than tube. Female flowers in groups of 3 on short axillary branches; calyx with 5 acute teeth; corolla campanulate, c. 4 mm long, lobes longer than tube, recurved; style usually 2-branched. Drupe obovoid to subglobose, 7–8 mm long, orange to reddish. Flowers Aug.–Apr.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Common and widespread mostly in moist montane forests of western and eastern Victoria, often on rocky sites.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-05
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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 hirtella in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Coprosma hirtella 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
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
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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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory