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Pittosporum huttonianum - Hutton's kohuhu

Pittosporum family: Pittosporaceae

Pittosporum huttonianum 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. Named after Frederick W. Hutton (1836-1905), English born, soldier (captain), immigrated to New Zealand in 1866, geologist, professor of biology (Canterbury), museum curator.
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