Story: Poisonous plants and fungi

Cattle in the bush, Hutt River

Cattle in the bush, Hutt River

Poisoning of livestock was common in the early years of European settlement, when this typical scene was drawn. Stock were left to browse in the bush or graze on the regrowth following forest clearance. Many fell victim to the poisons in bracken, tree tutu and ngaio.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-187-049
Pencil and watercolour sketch by William Swainson

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Poisonous plants and fungi - Animals and poisonous plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/9787/cattle-in-the-bush-hutt-river (accessed 5 August 2021)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007