Tui or Parson Bird Prosthemadera Novae Zealandiae. From: 'A history of the birds of New Zealand' by Walter Lawry Buller
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Eagle’s Complete Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand. Volume II

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2006

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Private Collection

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Wellington: Te Papa Press

Abstract

All but one of the plants in Eagle’s Complete Trees and Shrubs are drawn from life and appear life-size, with some parts enlarged. A brief description of each plant’s appearance and habitat is given, alongside the Latin names (family, genus and species), common name, and, where applicable, its Māori nomenclature. Solanum aviculare is a member of the Nightshade family and is commonly known as poroporo or New Zealand nightshade. The leaves contain a steroid, solasodine, which can be used as a contraceptive. The leaves can also be boiled and made into a salve, relieving skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The berries are toxic when green but edible when they ripen to orange.

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Audrey Eagle, “Eagle’s Complete Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand. Volume II,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed August 14, 2022, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/8740.

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