Coprosma foetidissima

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Coprosma foetidissima
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The leaves of Coprosma foetidissima
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Coprosma
Species: C. foetidissima
Binomial name
Coprosma foetidissima
J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.

Coprosma foetidissima, commonly known as stinkwood or hūpiro, is a shrub native to New Zealand.[1]

Coprosma foetidissima is found throughout New Zealand, from the coast to sub-alpine areas, including grassland and shrubland. Stinkwood is a dioecious plant, having both male and female plants. It flowers between August and October.[2]

The plant was named stinkwood because of the foul smell produced when the leaves are crushed.[3]


  1. ^ "Stinkwood". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Coprosma (Hupiro) Coprosma foetidissima". Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Story: Plant extracts - Stinkwood". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 24 February 2013.