Common name: Hedge Laurel
Pittosporum erioloma C.Moore & F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 8 m tall. Young shoots tomentose.
Leaves with petiole villous when young; lamina narrowly obovate, (2.5-) 3.5–5 cm long, 0.7–1.5 cm broad, acute at base, ± recurved at margin, acute to blunt at apex, coriaceous, glabrous.
Inflorescence terminal, subumbellate, 2- or 3-flowered; bracts linear, c. 2 mm long, acute, near middle of pedicel. Sepals narrowly ovate, 5–6 mm long, ciliate, acute, tomentose on upper surface. Petals narrowly ovate, 12–15 mm long, coherent at base, acute, reflexed, reddish lilac at base, white or cream-coloured at apex. Stamens 8–10 mm long. Ovary c. 5 mm long, tomentose.
Capsule spheroidal, 1.5 cm long, slightly rugose; style persistent; valves 3, thick, tomentose. Seeds many, black; pulp sticky.
Flowering: Flowers mainly August–October
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Lord Howe Island.
Common from altitudes of c. 450 m to the tops of the mountains, sometimes at lower elevations.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Text by B.J. Conn
Taxon concept: P.S. Green (1994)
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