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Coriaria plumosa - mountain tutu

Family: Coriariaceae

Coriaria plumosa is a small creeping shrub. The erect square stems have many slender feather-like branches, with shiny narrow and pointed leaves. The tiny flowers are aggregated along lower side branches. All parts of the plant except the flesh of the fruit are poisonous.
Found in lowland to alpine areas from the Central Volcanic Plateau of the North Island southwards.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: prostrate shrub up to 0.5 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetrical


Flower size: 2-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, oval to lanceolate, pointed

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 6-9 mm

Petals: 5, green

Leaf arrangement: opposite pairs or singly along the stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 10

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: fine hairs on undersurface

Fruit: dry, surrounded by fleshy petals