Common name: Duranta
Botanical name: Duranta erecta, Duranta repens
Other common names: Golden dewdrop, Sky flower, Sheena’s gold, Aussie gold, Geisha girl
General description: A popular ornamental shrub to 4m high, often cultivated as a hedge.
Flowers: The flowers are blue, purple or white, grouped together on spikes 4–9cm long arising from the leaf axils.
Leaves: The leaves are green, gold or variegated.
Fruit/Berries: The fruit are orange or yellow, about 6mm in diameter, with one hard seed in the centre.
Other: The sap is clear. Spines occur on the stems of older plants.
Symptoms: If eaten, the fruit can cause gastro-intestinal irritation, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Toxicity category: 2, 3