Scientific Name:
Coriaria plumosa W.R.B.Oliv., Rec. Domin. Mus. 1: 27 (1942)
  • = Coriaria lurida var. parviflora Cockayne & Allan, Trans. New Zealand Inst. 57: 51 (1927)
Vernacular Name(s):
Feathery tutu; Mountain tutu; small-leaved tutu; Tutu; Tutu-heuheu; Tutu-papa

Summer-green subshrub; stems branched, prostrate to ascending, close-set, slender, quadrangular, up to c. 4 dm. long, arising from slender to rather stout branching rhizomes. Branches and branchlets very slender. Lvs opp. or subopp., on petioles ± 1 mm. long. Lamina ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, acuminate to acute, rounded to truncate at base; (5)–6–8–(10) × 1·5–3 mm., membr.; margins flat. Lvs at base of branchlets ovate, ± 7 × 5 mm., acute. Racemes 3–6 cm. long, us. with a few lvs towards base; fls solitary or 2–3 together, rather distant, on slender patent pedicels up to c. 3 mm. long. Sepals broad-ovate to oblong, ± apiculate, c. 1·5 mm. long; petals similar. Carpels 10.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Oct.–Feb.; Fruiting: Nov.–Mar.

Cockayne, L.; Allan, H.H. 1927 ("1926"): Notes on New Zealand floristic botany, including descriptions of new species, & c. (No. 5). Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 57: 48–72.
Connor, H.E. 1977: The Poisonous Plants in New Zealand. Edition 2. Government Printer, Wellington.
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
Oliver, W.R.B. 1942: The genus Coriaria in New Zealand. Records of the Dominion Museum, Wellington 1: 21–43.