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
Map - Australasian Virtual Herbarium

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

Common in forests, especially in the eastern and southern parts of the Prom 1

Flower Description:

Pale green 1


Tall shrub to 5 m 1

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 drupe 1


Image: Mary Ellis

Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

Conservation status:

Not threatened


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