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.)
Animals most affected
Goats, sheep, (cattle).
Ingestion of the stems, branches and fruit
Contains coriamyrtine which can cause convulsions similar to those produced by strychnine.
The entire plant is toxic. Toxic doses are not well known.
retching, trembling, muscular contractions followed by convulsions which may
be quite severe;
death may occur several days later due to asphyxia.
severe congestion and cyanosis of the mucosae;
No antidote. Symptomatic and supportive care: