Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest



An unpleasant sulfurous smell develops when some coprosma leaves are crushed. The genus was named for its smell – copros is Greek for dung, and the common name is stinkwood.

Stinkwood (Coprosma foetidissima) grows in high-altitude forests and subalpine scrub throughout New Zealand and extends south to the Auckland Islands.

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Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Coprosmas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015