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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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Leaf: tip acute or rounded.
Inflorescence: panicle, umbel-like cluster, or flowers 1, terminal or axillary.
Flower: generally functionally unisexual; petals generally adherent proximally, spreading distally; anthers free; ovary chambers 2–3.
Fruit: capsule, woody, 2–3 valved; pulp resinous.
± 150 species: warm parts of Australia, New Zealand, Pacific islands, e Asia, Africa. (Greek: pitch, seed, from resinous seed coating) Some species medicinal and poisonous; saponins in Pittosporum crassifolium.
1. Lf abaxially white, densely hairy ..... P. crassifolium
1' Lf abaxially green, glabrous or subglabrous
2. Lf margin ± turned under, stiff, leathery ..... P. tobira
2' Lf flat, ± wavy, flexible, not leathery
3. Lf pale gray-green, no odor when crushed; petals dark red to purple-black ..... [P. tenuifolium]
3' Lf bright green, strong odor when crushed; petals white ..... P. undulatum
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