Australian Native Plants

  Pittosporum ferrugineum (Rusty pittosporum)


Pittosporum ferrugineum photo
Pittosporum ferrugineum

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RUSTY PITTOSPORUM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Pittosporum ferrugineum in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Rusty pittosporum

Description
Rusty pittosporum is a large bushy shrub or small tree with dense canopy growing to about eight metres in height. The leaves are elliptical and grow to about 12 cm long and 1 cm wide. It produces clusters of small five-lobed white flowers with yellow centres. The ornamental fruit capsule is yellow and about 1 cm in diameter with red sticky seeds inside. It is a popular small tree in cultivation.

Height
4m - 8m

Habitat
wet rainforest and dry rainforest

Distribution
Rusty pittosporum is found in northern parts of the Northern Territory and on east cost of Queensland from the south east to Cape York Peninsula. It is also found in southern coastal Queensland. It is also found in parts of south east Asia.



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Apiales
Family:Pittosporaceae
Genus:Pittosporum
Species:ferrugineum
Common Name:Rusty pittosporum