Tutu (plant)

Tutu (plant)

Tutu is a common name of Māori origin for plants in the genus "Coriaria" (Coriariaceae) found in New Zealand.

Six New Zealand native species are known by the name:
*"Coriaria angustissima"
*"Coriaria arborea"
*"Coriaria lurida"
*"Coriaria plumosa"
*"Coriaria pteridoides"
*"Coriaria sarmentosa"

They are shrubs or trees; some are endemic to New Zealand. Most of the plant parts are poisonous, containing the toxin tutin.

Honey containing tutin can be produced by bees feeding on honeydew produced by sap-sucking vine hopper insects ("Scolypopa" genus) feeding on tutu. [ [http://www.nzfsa.govt.nz/animalproducts/publications/info-pamphlet/bee-products/toxic-honey.htm Background on toxic honey] , New Zealand Food Safety Authority] The last recorded deaths from eating honey containing tutin were in the 1890s. [Johnston, Martin. [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/topic/story.cfm?c_id=206&objectid=10500105 Specialists expected tutin honey outbreak] , New Zealand Herald. 26 March 2008.]


External links

* [http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/T/Tutu/Tutu/en Tutu] , 1966 Encyclopedia of New Zealand

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