Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Key to Coprosma species of New Zealand

<em>Coprosma robusta</em> (glossy karamu). Timber Trail, Pureora Forest Park, North Island. © Murray Dawson

This Lucid 3 interactive key will allow you to identify any of the 53 species of Coprosma currently recognised in New Zealand.

David Glenny, Jane Cruickshank, Chris Morse and Jeremy Rolfe

The key is illustrated with 500 images of species and the features used to identify them and has a factsheet for each species that provides a list of distinct features, comparisons with similar species, description, habitat and distribution details, and references to literature.

The key is designed for those with some experience in plant identification and will allow species to be identified without fruit being present. A glossary is linked to each factsheet to help the user understand the terminology used in the factsheets.

The TFBIS (Terrestrial & Freshwater Biodiversity Information System) Programme fully funded these Coprosma keys.


System requirements

Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is required to run this key. You can download the most up-to-date version at

This key will not currently run using the Chrome browser. Use an alternative web browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. App versions are available for a few of these keys to run on smartphones and tablets.

App Availability

A free app version of this key is now available for smartphones and tablets for both Android and iOS devices.

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How to cite

Glenny, D., Cruickshank, J., Morse, C. and Rolfe, J. 2010. Key to Coprosma species of New Zealand.
Accessed at
Date of access: 21 Apr 2018