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Common name: Dogwood
Botanical name: Pomaderris apetala    Family: Rhamnaceae (Ber family)
Synonyms: Pomatoderris apetala

Dogwood is a shrub or small slender tree, growing in wet shaded forests. It is common in Tasmania in Australia, and also occurs in a small area of Victoria and in a small area of New Zealand. It is very similar to the Hazel Pomaderris, Pomaderris aspera, differing mainly in the hairs on the underside of the leaves. It is commonly grown as an ornamental shrub in New Zealand. The plant bears clusters of pale yellow flowers. It has oval dark green wrinkled leaves that have raised veins on the underside. Leaves 5-7cm long by 2-3 cm wide, upper surface with scattered small star-shaped hairs. It is found in and on the margins of rainforests of Tasmania.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith Photographed in Govt. Botanical Garden, the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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