Scientific Name:
Coriaria pteridoides W.R.B.Oliv., Rec. Domin. Mus. 1: 30 (1942)
  • = Coriaria lurida var. acuminata Cockayne & Allan, Trans. New Zealand Inst. 57: 52 (1927)
Vernacular Name(s):
small-leaved tutu; Tutu

Stems close-set, erect, up to 6 dm. tall, arising from rather slender branched rhizomes; bark dark brown. Branchlets quadrangular, very slender, pubescent. Lvs on slender petioles c. 1 mm. long. Lamina narrow-lanceolate to narrow ovate-lanceolate (on same plant) acuminate; (10)–15–25 × (1)–2–4 mm., glab. or nearly so, submembr., with a prominent pair of lateral veins; margins flat. Lvs at base of branchlets ± 10 × 6 mm., ovate. Racemes, sts branched, very slender, ascending to spreading, up to ± 5 cm. long, us. with a few lvs at base. Fls solitary rather distant, or 2–3 together, on filiform patent pedicels up to 5 mm. long. Sepals broad-ovate, ± 1·5 mm. long; petals similar, slightly shorter. Carpels 5–10.

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

Indigenous (Endemic)

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

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.