Pittosporaceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Trees, shrubs or twiners, sometimes spinescent. Leaves alternate, sometimes appearing whorled, simple and entire. Flowers solitary or in cymes or cymose panicles, bisexual (rarely unisexual); bracteoles paired; sepals 5, free or shortly fused; petals 5 imbricate, free or shortly fused near base; stamens 5, alternating with petals; anthers longitudinally dehiscent or dehiscent by terminal pores; style simple; ovary superior, 1–several-locular, with 2–5 carpels. Fruit a loculicidal capsule or a berry; seeds often immersed in a viscid pulp.

About 200 species in 9 genera, principally Australasian, but represented in most tropical and subtropical regions; about 90 species in 9 genera in Australia.

Source: Walsh, N.G.; Albrecht, D.E. (1996). Pittosporaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2015-09-25
 
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
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order Apiales
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