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Myrsine australis

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Myrsine australis

Myrsine australis
Myrsine australis foliage
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Myrsine
Species: M. australis
Binomial name
Myrsine australis
(A.Rich.) Allan

Myrsine australis, commonly known as Red Matipo or Mapou[1] is a species of shrub within the family Primulaceae. It is endemic to New Zealand and found throughout the country and offshore islands.[2] It has crinkly-edged leaves which make it easily mistaken for a pittosporum and reddish bark and stems, however reddish and purplish blotching on leaves is often a distinguishing factor.[2] Growing to around 6 metres in height, it inhabits bush margins and is often planted in regeneration projects.[1]


  1. ^ a b The Native Plant Centre
  2. ^ a b NZ Plant Conservation Network
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