Common name: Karo
Pittosporum crassifolium Banks & Sol. ex A.Cunn. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 9 m tall. Young stems densely whitish or buff tomentose.
Leaves with petiole densely tomentose; lamina obovate to narrowly oblovate, (3-) 4–7 (-9) cm long, 1.3–2 (-2.5) cm wide; base cuneate; margin revolute; apex bluntly acute to obtuse; surface coriaceous, densely whitish or buff tomentose below.
Inflorescence terminal, subumbellate, 4–10-flowered; bracts absent. Sepals narrowly ovate to subulate, 6–7 mm long, tapered at apex, tomentose. Petals narrowly oblong, 12–15 mm long, free, obtuse, dark purplish red; apex strongly curled back. Stamens c. 8 mm long. Ovary 4 mm long, densely tomentose.
Capsule globose, c. 2 cm long, densely tomentose, rugulose; valves 3, thick, woody. Seeds numerous, black; pulp sticky.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalised on Malabar Headland, Central Coast. Native of New Zealand.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
Other Australian states: *Vic.
Text by B.J. Conn
Taxon concept: P.S. Green (1994)
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