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Pittosporum cornifolium - tāwhiro karo

Family: Pittosporaceae

Pittosporum cornifolium is a woody shrub with dark green leaves arranged in whorls along the stem.
An endemic species found growing on trees or on the ground throughout the North Island and much of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 2 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 8-10 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic-lanceolate

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 40-70 mm

Petals: 5, yellow, orange

Leaf arrangement: singly on stem or in whorls of 3-5

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry