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Pittosporum crassifolium - karo

Family: Pittosporaceae

Pittosporum crassifolium forms a large many-branched shrub to small tree with dark green and leathery leaves. Both young branches and the lower Leaf surface of leaves are covered with a fine felt of hairs .
An endemic species found from the north to the central areas of the North Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 9 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 8-12 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 50-70 mm

Petals: 5, red, purple

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry