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Common name: Orange Thorn
Pittosporum multiflorum (A.Cunn. ex Loudon) L.Cayzer, Crisp & I.Telford APNI*
Synonyms: Citriobatus multiflorus A.Cunn. ex Loudon APNI*
Citriobatus pauciflorus A.Cunn. ex Ettingsh. sensu Makinson (1992), non Ettingsh. (1861) APNI*
Description: Rigid, much-branched, sometimes straggling shrub 1–3 m high, branches bearing numerous slender spines, mostly arising from leaf axils; stems brittle.
Leaves broad-ovate to -obovate or -cuneate or circular, 3–12 mm long, 2.5–8 mm wide, apex obtuse or acute, most leaves usually toothed in apical half or rarely leaves entire; midvein and larger lateral veins evident on lower surface; nearly sessile.
Flowers axillary, solitary, not numerous, sessile. Sepals 1–1.5 mm long, ciliate. Petals c. 4 mm long, white.
Fruit globose, 4–10 mm diam., thin-walled, glabrous, pericarp orange; seeds few to several, not or scarcely viscid.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in or near rainforest or wet sclerophyll forest, on shales or well-drained volcanic soils, north from Bega district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by R. O. Makinson
Taxon concept: Fl. NSW vol. 3
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