Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Coprosma pubens
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Rubiaceae -- The Coffee Family Bibliography
      Coprosma pubens
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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Dioecious shrubs or small trees 3-10 m tall; stems many-branched, glabrous or rarely sparsely short-hirsute, the hairs in a line.
Leaves opposite, thin, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic to oblanceolate or occasionally broadly obovate, 52-135 mm long, 15-42 mm wide, pinnately veined, the veins not especially conspicuous, glabrous, rarely pubescent on midrib toward base, apex acuminate, base attenuate to cuneate, petioles 6-30 mm long, upper side ± pilose, stipules 5-11 mm long, connate 1/3-1/2 their length, glabrous or pilose at base, margins sparsely to occasionally densely pilose and dentate with a series of appendages, apex short-acuminate or attenuate and with a conspicuous appendage.
Flowers 3-4(5) per cluster, 5-8-merous, peduncles (1-)5-18 mm long, glabrous; staminate flowers with calyx cup-shaped, 0.6-1 mm long, irregularly toothed, the teeth whitish, ± ciliate, corolla funnelform, 5.3-8 mm long, the lobes 2.2-3 mm long; pistillate flowers with calyx cup-shaped, ca. 0.5 mm long, minutely toothed, corolla narrowly funnelform, 3.5-5 mm long, the lobes 1.4-1.5 mm long.
Fruit bright orange to reddish orange, ellipsoid, 10-15 mm long, apex naked.