Coriaria lurida var. undulata Cockayne et Allan; Coriaria lurida complex sensu Allan (1961)
Vascular – Native
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
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2n = 70
Current conservation status
The threat classification status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2017 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS) – more information about this can be found on the NZTCS website This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2012 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: By Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, John W. Barkla, Shannel P. Courtney, Paul D. Champion, Leon R. Perrie, Sarah M. Beadel, Kerry A. Ford, Ilse Breitwieser, Ines Schönberger, Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls, Peter B. Heenan and Kate Ladley. Please note, threat classifications are often suggested by authors when publications fall between NZTCS assessment periods – a suggested threat classification status has not been assessed by the NZTCS panel.
2017 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | Not Threatened
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Low-growing bushy spreading shrub consisting of many erect branches bearing dark green pointed wavy leaves 12-15mm long by 5-10mm wide inhabiting the upland North Island. Branches square in cross-section, soft, fuzzy. Leaves widest towards the base, with a pair of obvious side veins. Flowers arranged in a 5-7cm long spike.
Fleshy berries are dispersed by frugivory (Thorsen et al., 2009).
coriaria: From the Latin corium ‘hide’, possibly from the use of some species for tanning leather
All Coriaria species are poisonous especially the seed inside the black berries. Click on this link for more information about Poisonous native plants.
References and further reading
Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 11: 285-309