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Myrsine australis

Matipo is a small shrub or tree, growing from 3–6 metres tall with short upright branches that create a compact crown.[ The trunk grows up to 20 cm in diameter, with the bark of the trunk and older branches a dark brown/black, whereas the juvenile branches are reddish, a distinguishing feature of this plant.The leaves are coloured pale green with a yellow tinge on the top surface, while the underside of the leaf is a paler version of this.




Leaves boiled. Decoction used for thinning blood.


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