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Key to families | Table of families and genera

Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.


Tree, shrub. 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. Seed: sticky.
± 150 species: warm parts of Australia, New Zealand, Pacific islands, eastern Asia, Africa. (Greek: pitch, seed, from resinous seed coating) Some species medicinal and poisonous; saponins in Pittosporum crassifolium.

Key to Pittosporum

1. Leaf abaxially white, densely hairy ..... P. crassifolium

1' Leaf abaxially green, glabrous or subglabrous

2. Leaf margin ± turned under, stiff, leathery ..... P. tobira

2' Leaf flat, ± wavy, flexible, not leathery

3. Leaf pale gray-green, no odor when crushed; petals dark red to purple-black ..... [P. tenuifolium]

3' Leaf bright green, strong odor when crushed; petals white ..... P. undulatum


Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) [year] Jepson eFlora, [accessed on month, day, year]
Citation for an individual treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] [year]. [Taxon name] in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, [URL for treatment]. Accessed on [month, day, year].
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