Common name: Wild Yellow Jasmine, Rough fruit Pittosporum
Pittosporum revolutum Dryand. ex W.T.Aiton APNI*
Description: Shrub to c. 3 m high.
Leaves alternate or clustered at the end of branches, ovate to elliptic or oblong-elliptic, usually 5–15 cm long, 15–60 mm wide, apex shortly acuminate or occasionally acute, margins entire but rarely undulate, young leaves and lower surface of mature leaves with a dense to sparse indumentum of usually rusty hairs, especially about the main veins; petiole 5–13 mm long.
Inflorescence mostly rusty-hairy; flowers few to several in terminal clusters, fragrant. Sepals c. 5 mm long, usually hairy outside. Petals 9–12 mm long, yellow. Ovary hairy.
Capsule slightly compound ellipsoid or ovoid, 12–20 mm long, hard, thick-walled, valves rough and often warty, usually hairy; seeds numerous, red-brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in rainforest, wet sclerophyll forest, and in dry sclerophyll forest in the south of the range; chiefly in coastal districts, west to the Blue Mtns and Muswellbrook district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Cultivated as an ornamental. In the southern half of the range, leaves may occasionally be slightly undulate and the fruit somewhat rounder and smoother; occasional specimens are possible hybrids with P. undulatum.
Text by R. O. Makinson
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