Coprosma quadrifida

Common name: 

Prickly Currant-bush

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (DEJKMNPRSTVWXZ) also NSW, ACT, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Common in forests, especially in the eastern and southern parts of the Prom1

Flower description:

Pale green1


Tall shrub to 5 m1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Branches are spiny at the tips. Leaves are oval and in opposite pairs along the branches. Fruit is a small shiny red drupe1

Image of Coprosma quadrifida
Image of Coprosma quadrifida
Image of Coprosma quadrifida Image: Mary Ellis
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.