Coprosma is a genus which includes ninety species of evergreen shrubs and small trees. These plants are native to grasslands, rocky areas, and forests of Australia, New Zealand, and some Pacific Islands.
Some species of Coprosma carry an unusual odor which led the German, Johann Reinhold Forster to derive this genus name from the Greek for a fetid smell. One of the most famous collectors of Coprosma species was I. Bauer, who traveled New Zealand in 1804-1805. In the South Pacific and New Zealand, indigenous peoples use the wood and inner bark of Coprosma as a yellow dye.
Name Derivation: From the Greek kopros (dung) and osme (smell), referring to the foul smell of the species
Common Name: Australian mirror bush
Coprosma is in the family Rubiaceae.