Soap Tree

A small tree it is particularly common along creeks.  Smooth grey bark, rich green leaves and small sweet scented cream-green flowers.  Masses of red-black berries.

Crushed berries and leaves were crushed and floated in a pool of water to poison fish, however that action also renders the water undrinkable so is only used in an emergency.

If you rub the leaves vigorously they will lather like soap.

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