Pittosporum undulatum Vent.

Sweet Pittosporum

Descr. Pl. Nouv. , t. 76 (1802) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Shrub or tree to c. 25 m high, usually dioecious, or occasionally apparently male plants producing some fruit. Leaves aromatic, clustered at branch-tips, ovate to oblanceolate, 6–17 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, glossy above, minutely pubescent when young, margins usually undulate. Flowers sweet-scented, in terminal umbel-like cymes on 1–several branches 1–2.5 cm long; pedicels 2–14 mm long; calyx 5–10 mm long, divided to near midway into 5, recurving, often unequal lobes, splitting to base along 1 or 2 lines; petals oblanceolate, creamy-white, recurved apically. Male flowers with corolla 12–18 mm long, narrower than in female flowers, anthers exserted from throat, filaments thick, white, hairy ovary and style ca. same length, stigma slightly knobby; ovules few. Female flowers 12–14 mm long, staminodes present; stigma plump, capitate, lobed; ovules numerous. Capsule globose to obovoid, 8–13 mm long, 10–15 mm diam., orange to yellowish-brown, glabrous; inner face smooth, yellowish; seeds numerous, 3–4.5 mm long, brownish-red. Flowers mainly Aug.–Oct.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Prior to European settlement, confined to warm-temperate rainforest, and lowland forests and woodlands in river valleys and near-coastal sites from the Mitchell River eastwards (perhaps extending as far west as Western Port; Mueller 1860), but now a widespread environmental weed in wet forests and coastal scrubs of southern Victoria, largely due to dispersal of seed from cultivated sources (chiefly by Blackbirds) and altered fire regimes.

Occasionally hybridises with Pittosporum bicolor (see note under Pittosporum bicolor × Pittosporum undulatum).

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
genus Pittosporum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Pittosporum undulatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pittosporum undulatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory