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.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Photograph by Olaf John
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.