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Te Papa's collection includes a specimen of Alseuosmia macrophylla collected in 1769 during Captain Cook's first expedition to New Zealand.
There are only a few species of Alseuosmia, and they are all only found in New Zealand.
Horopito, pepper tree, Pseudowintera colorata mimicry, the palatable Alseuosmia pusilla mimicking the unpalatable horopito, although this is controversial.
Alseuosmia flowers and fruit are very different to horopito) or have a little taste of the leaves.
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