3252.000 Pittosporum Banks ex Soland.

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs. Leaves undulate. Inflorescences terminal and/or axillary. Flowers actinomorphic, hypogynous, functionally unisexual, sweetly-scented; male with long filaments, fertile anthers and slender sterile ovary; female with short filaments, reduced sterile anthers and stout fertile ovary.

Derivation of name: from Greek: pitta meaning resin, spora meaning seed, referring to the resinous seeds.

Worldwide: 150 species in tropical and South Africa, New Zealand and Pacific.

Zimbabwe: 6 cultivated taxa.

Pittosporum rhombifolium

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

eugenioides A. Cunn.
rhombifolium A. Cunn.Image
tenuifolium Banks & Sol.
tobira (Thunb.) Aiton
undulatum Vent.
viridiflorum Sims var. viridiflorum Description, Image

Other sources of information about Pittosporum:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Pittosporum
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Pittosporum
Flora of Malawi: Pittosporum
Flora of Mozambique: Pittosporum
Flora of Zambia: Pittosporum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pittosporum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pittosporum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pittosporum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pittosporum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pittosporum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Pittosporum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pittosporum
JSTOR Plant Science: Pittosporum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pittosporum
Plants of the World Online: Pittosporum
Tropicos: Pittosporum
Wikipedia: Pittosporum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Pittosporum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=648, retrieved 22 May 2024

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