Pittosporum is a genus of about 200 species of flowering plants in the family Pittosporaceae. The genus is probably Gondwanan in origin; its present range extends from Australasia, Oceania, eastern Asia and some parts of Africa.
The species are trees and shrubs growing to 2-30 m tall. The leaves are spirally arranged or whorled, simple, with an entire or waved (rarely lobed) margin. The flowers are produced singly or in umbels or corymbs, each flower with five sepals and five petals; they are often sweetly scented. The fruit is a woody seed capsule, which bursts on ripening to release the numerous seeds. The seeds are coated with a sticky resinous substance. The genus is named after their sticky seeds, from the Greek meaning 'pitch-seed'.
Pittosporum undulatum (Sweet Pittosporum) from eastern Australia is an invasive weed in some areas. Pittosporum tenuifolium and P. eugenioides, both from New Zealand, and Pittosporum tobira from southern Japan are widely cultivated as ornamental plants in warm areas.
Air Kiss: thanks to the fragrance of pittosporum, every spring we take leaf of our senses. (Buzz).(Brief Article)
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