Myrsine australis (A. Rich.) Allan, Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. New Zealand 76: 596 1947. ;
 


Myrsine australis, commonly known as Red Matipo or Mapou[1] is a species of shrub within the family Myrsinaceae. 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] 
(From Wikipedia on 16.6.14) 

 

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Myrsine australis photographed from University of California Botanical Garden.


 
 
 

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