Poisonous native plants

Coriaria arborea (tutu). Photo: John Sawyer

There are many New Zealand native vascular plant species that have been documented as being toxic. Twenty of them are identified here:

Alectryon excelsus (titoki)

Coriaria (8 species)

Corynocarpus laevigatus (karaka) 

Myoporum laetum (ngaio). Photo: Jeremy Rolfe

Myoporum laetum (ngaio)

Solanum (2 species)

Sophora (at least 4 species)

Urtica ferox (tree nettle, ongaonga)

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This page last updated on 3 Apr 2013