Posts tagged with Alseuosmia

How many species of the confusing shrub toropapa are disguised in the bush?

Toropapa flower, Whangaroa. Photo by Leon Perrie. Te Papa

Toropapa (Alseuosmia) is a genus of shrubs found only in New Zealand. Toropapa has been confusing botanists for over 100 years because they show extreme variation in leaf shape – even between plants considered to be the same species from a single location! Te Papa scientists Lara Shepherd and Leon Perrie, along with the Department of… Read more »

Disguised in the bush – a plant mimic

  • Alseuosmia macrophylla, from near Auckland
  • Fruit of Alseuosmia pusilla
  • horopito, pepper tree, Pseudowintera colorata
  • Alseuosmia pusilla

Last weekend, when I should have been writing grant applications, I was dragged out for a bush-walk. However, my arm didn’t have to be twisted too hard, since it was a fine day and the track between Kiriwhakapapa and Blue Range is lovely (although steep). Alseuosmia pusilla was abundant along the track. This is a… Read more »