Common name: Banyalla
Pittosporum bicolor Hook. APNI*
Description: Shrub or tree 3–10 m high.
Leaves alternate, usually narrowly ovate to narrowly oblong, 3–8 cm long, 5–18 mm wide; margin flat to recurved; apex subacute to obtuse; lower surface usually densely hairy, rarely ± glabrescent with age; petiole 2–3 mm long.
Flowers usually terminal, solitary or a few together. Sepals 3–6 mm long, with few to many hairs. Petals 8–11 mm long, yellow with purple-maroon markings. Ovary hairy.
Capsule globose, 5–8 mm long, hairy, grey, valves dark on the inner face; seeds few to many, red.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in montane wet sclerophyll forest, often in gullies, below c. 1300 m alt., south from Captains Flat.
NSW subdivisions: SC, NT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Some specimens from the Bega district have larger leaves (to 12 cm long and 30 mm wide) and are sparsely hairy on the lower surface. They appear to be hybrids with P. undulatum. [P. species aff. bicolor in Floyd (1989)]
Text by R. O. Makinson
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