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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 »