Herb latin name: Coprosma rotundifolia

Family: Rubiaceae (Madder Family)

Edible parts of Coprosma rotundifolia:

Fruit - raw or cooked. Sweet, but with little flavour. The red fruit is about 5mm in diameter. The roasted seed is an excellent coffee substitute.

Description of the plant:


2.4 m
(7 3/4 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Woodlands throughout both main islands, especially on alluvial soils.

Other uses of Coprosma rotundifolia:

A yellow dye is obtained from the wood, it does not require a mordant.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - probably best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse or cold frame. Sow stored seed in spring in a cold frame. Germination can be slow, often taking more than 12 months even when fresh seed is used. 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. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, autumn in a frame.

Cultivation of Coprosma rotundifolia:

Woodlands throughout both main islands, especially on alluvial soils.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Coprosma rotundifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.