Myrsine australis (A. Rich.) Allan, Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. New Zealand 76: 596 1947. ;
Myrsine australis, commonly known as Red Matipo or Mapou is a species of shrub within the family Myrsinaceae. It is endemic to New Zealand and found throughout the country and offshore islands.
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.
Growing to around 6 metres in height, it inhabits bush margins and is often planted in regeneration projects.
(From Wikipedia on 16.6.14)
Plumbaginaceae and Primulaceae (incl. Myrsinaceae) Fortnight:Primulaceae-Myrsine australis from California -GSJUN18 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2).
Myrsine australis photographed from University of California Botanical Garden.