55 Karaka Corynocarpus laevigatus

Family: Corynocarpaceae

Karaka is the Maori word for the colour orange which is the colour of the fruit. The fruit is well known for being poisonous. The pulp is edible but the kernels are really toxic causing violent convulsions and possibly death. Dogs are particularly at risk. Birds however feed on the fruit and the thick foliage of the tree provides a popular place for birds to sleep. Karaka are common in the North Island and top half of the South Island, particularly in coastal areas.