- Tutu (plant)
Tutu is a common name of
Māoriorigin for plants in the genus " Coriaria" ( Coriariaceae) found in New Zealand.
Six New Zealand native species are known by the name:
shrubs or trees; some are endemic to New Zealand. Most of the plant parts are poisonous, containing the toxin tutin. Honeycontaining 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.]
* [http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/T/Tutu/Tutu/en Tutu] , 1966 Encyclopedia of New Zealand
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