Story: Poisonous plants and fungi

Foliage and flowers of tree tutu

Foliage and flowers of tree tutu

New Zealand’s best-known poisonous plants are known as tutu (Coriaria species). They have glossy leaves and dangling displays of small flowers and fruit. With the exception of their purple petals, all parts of tutu are poisonous. Two of the eight species are common, and grow along the sides of streams and on road cuttings.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Poisonous plants and fungi - Poisonous native plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9772/foliage-and-flowers-of-tree-tutu (accessed 23 October 2017)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007