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
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.