Coprosma repens A.Rich.

Mirror Bush

Voy. Astrolabe 1: 264 (1832) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Low shrub to small tree 0.5–8 m high; branches stout, glabrous or finely pubescent. Leaves ovate-oblong to suborbicular, mostly 50–80 mm long and 10–50 mm wide, c. fleshy, discolorous, obtuse, truncate or emarginate, glabrous, upper surface lustrous, domatia prominent on lower surface, margins somewhat recurved; petiole 5–15 mm long; stipules triangular, toothed. Flowers subsessile, unisexual, in axillary clusters. Male flowers in dense, compound clusters; calyx minute, 4-lobed; corolla funnel-shaped, c. 5 mm long, lobes c. equal to tube. Female flowers usually in 3-flowered clusters; calyx with 4 short rounded teeth; corolla tubular, c. 3 mm long, lobes shorter than tube; style usually 2-branched. Drupe subglobose, 6–8 mm diam., apex depressed, orange-red. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW (including Lord Howe Island), Tas. Native to New Zealand. Previously planted as a salt-tolerant hedge or windbreak in many coastal districts, but now widely naturalised in coastal scrubs, hinterland forests and shrublands.

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, 2020-01-21
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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 repens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Coprosma repens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory