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Pittosporum eugenioides - tarata, lemonwood

Family: Pittosporaceae

Pittosporum eugenioides  is a tree with glossy pale green leaves with wavy margins and a strong lemon scent when crushed.  The species name refers to its resemblance to species of the unrelated genus Eugenia (named after the famous European military commander, Prince Eugene of Savoy, 1663-1736).
An endemic species found throughout North and South Islands.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 15 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 8-12 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 50-100 mm

Petals: 5, yellow

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless, undulate, glossy

Fruit: dry