Coprosma putida

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Coprosma putida
Red berried coprosma Lord Howe Island.jpg
Scientific classification
C. putida
Binomial name
Coprosma putida

Coprosma putida, commonly known as Stinkwood, is a flowering plant in the coffee family. The specific epithet comes from the Latin puteo (to stink), alluding to the stench produced when the species is cut or bruised, including the leaves and fruit.[1]


It is a shrub or small tree growing to 4 m in height. The broadly elliptic-oblong leaves are 40–110 mm long, 25–80 mm wide. The small, greenish-white flowers are 8 mm long. The fleshy, red fruits are 20 mm long. The flowering season is from August to early November.[1][2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species is endemic to Australia’s subtropical Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. It is common and widespread at all elevations in sheltered forest.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Coprosma putida". Flora of Australia Online: Data derived from Flora of Australia Volume 49 (1994). Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS). Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  2. ^ a b Hutton, Ian (1998). The Australian Geographic Book of Lord Howe Island. Sydney: Australian Geographic. p. 144. ISBN 1-876276-27-4.