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Useful Temperate Plants

Coprosma repens

A.Rich.

Rubiaceae


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+ Synonyms

Common Name: Mirror Plant

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General Information

Coprosma repens is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 2.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

44
Title
Flora of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Allan. H. H.
Website
http://floraseries.landcareresearch.co.nz/pages/Book.aspx?fileName=Flora%201.xml
Publisher
Government Printer, Wellington.
Year
1961
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work, in 5 volumes though only the first two are of interest to the plant project. Very good on habitats. There is also an on-line version.
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

New Zealand.

Habitat

Coastal cliffs on North and South Islands, south to latitude 41°50' south[
44
Title
Flora of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Allan. H. H.
Website
http://floraseries.landcareresearch.co.nz/pages/Book.aspx?fileName=Flora%201.xml
Publisher
Government Printer, Wellington.
Year
1961
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work, in 5 volumes though only the first two are of interest to the plant project. Very good on habitats. There is also an on-line version.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height2.00 m
PollinatorsWind
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Requires a moist, very well-drained neutral to slightly acid soil in full sun or light shade[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Succeeds in most soils[
225
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 2, 1995.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society
Year
1995
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A quarterly magazine, it has articles on Coprosma species,
].
Somewhat intolerant of frost, this species is only likely to succeed outdoors in the milder areas of Britain[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
225
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 2, 1995.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society
Year
1995
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A quarterly magazine, it has articles on Coprosma species,
]. The purple-leafed forms are somewhat hardier and have succeeded outdoors in a sheltered spot in an Essex garden[
225
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 2, 1995.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society
Year
1995
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A quarterly magazine, it has articles on Coprosma species,
].
There are several named forms, selected for their ornamental value[
182
Title
Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos.
Publication
 
Author
Thomas. G. S.
Publisher
Murray
Year
1992
ISBN
0-7195-5043-2
Description
Contains a wide range of plants with a brief description, mainly of their ornamental value but also usually of cultivation details and varieties.
,
225
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 2, 1995.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society
Year
1995
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A quarterly magazine, it has articles on Coprosma species,
].
Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
225
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 2, 1995.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society
Year
1995
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A quarterly magazine, it has articles on Coprosma species,
].
Plants are tolerant of heavy clipping or pruning[
225
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 2, 1995.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society
Year
1995
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A quarterly magazine, it has articles on Coprosma species,
].
Plants are normally dioecious, though in some species the plants produce a few flowers of the opposite sex before the main flowering and a few hermaphrodite flowers are sometimes produced[
225
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 2, 1995.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society
Year
1995
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A quarterly magazine, it has articles on Coprosma species,
]. Male and female plants must usually be grown if seed is required.

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked[
173
Title
Native Edible Plants of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Crowe. A.
Publisher
Hodder and Stoughton
Year
1990
ISBN
0-340-508302
Description
A very well written and illustrated book based on the authors own experiments with living on a native diet.
]. Sweet, but not much flavour[
225
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 2, 1995.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society
Year
1995
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A quarterly magazine, it has articles on Coprosma species,
]. The orange fruit is about 10mm in diameter[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
The roasted seed is a coffee substitute[
153
Title
Economic Native Plants of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Brooker. S. G., Cambie. R. C. and Cooper. R. C.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1991
ISBN
0-19-558229-2
Description
An interesting and readable book on the useful plants of New Zealand.
,
173
Title
Native Edible Plants of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Crowe. A.
Publisher
Hodder and Stoughton
Year
1990
ISBN
0-340-508302
Description
A very well written and illustrated book based on the authors own experiments with living on a native diet.
]. It is said to make an excellent coffee, though the seeds are rather small[
225
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 2, 1995.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society
Year
1995
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A quarterly magazine, it has articles on Coprosma species,
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A yellow dye is obtained from the wood, it does not require a mordant[
153
Title
Economic Native Plants of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Brooker. S. G., Cambie. R. C. and Cooper. R. C.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1991
ISBN
0-19-558229-2
Description
An interesting and readable book on the useful plants of New Zealand.
].

Propagation

Seed - probably best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse or cold frame[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. Sow stored seed in spring in a cold frame[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Germination can be slow, often taking more than 12 months even when fresh seed is used[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots. Grow on the plants for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Give the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, autumn in a frame.
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