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Trochocarpa cunninghamii (Ericaceae) 2:431

Trochocarpa cunninghamii is a common subalpine or rainforest shrub. The leaves are alternate, but often arranged so that the shoot is more or less flattened (especially when growing as a rainforest understorey plant).

The foliage of this species is similar to that of T. gunnii, however the latter species is usually quite large, whereas T. cunninghamii is almost always a low growing, often scrambling shrub. T. cunninghamii is more common at high altitudes. T. disticha has larger leaves.

It can also be confused with the rainforest Archeria species, but those Archeria species have only one vein visible on the underside of the leaf, whereas Trochocarpa cunninghamii have about 5-7.

 

  

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