Coriaria myrtifolia (currierts sumach, tanner's herb). Related species: C. terminala, C. japonica, both popular ornamental species. A member of the plant family CORIARIACEAE, A deciduous Mediterranean shrub or small tree. The leaves are very thin and soft, three-veined almost without a stalk, with bunches of small green-yellow flowers. Small fleshy green fruit ripen to black berries. (The leaves of the plant are used as a black dye for making ink and for curing leather.)

[affected.gif] Animals most affected
Goats, sheep, (cattle).

[etiology.gif] Etiology
Ingestion of the stems, branches and fruit

[toxic.gif] Toxicity
Contains coriamyrtine which can cause convulsions similar to those produced by strychnine. The entire plant is toxic. Toxic doses are not well known.

Clinical features

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[treatm~1.gif] Treatment
No antidote. Symptomatic and supportive care: