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PITTOSPORACEAE

PITTOSPORUM FAMILY

Elizabeth McClintock

Tree, shrub, woody vine, generally evergreen
Leaves simple, alternate, sometimes crowded at branch tips, often leathery, generally entire, generally petioled
Inflorescence: panicle, cluster, or flowers solitary
Flower generally bisexual, radial; sepals 5, free, sometimes fused toward base; petals 5, free, erect or spreading, or weakly adherent ± into a tube; stamens 5; ovary superior, chambers generally 2–3, style 1, stigma generally head-like
Fruit: capsule, berry
Seeds several, often in pulp
Genera in family: 9 genera, ± 200 species: warm temp, tropical, Old World, especially Australia, New Zealand, e Asia; some ornamental, especially Pittosporum , in CA.

SOLLYA

Woody vine
Inflorescence: cyme, terminal or axillary, few-flowered; flowers rarely solitary
Flower: petals free, spreading, blue; anthers adherent into cone around style; ovary chambers 2
Fruit: berry; pulp sticky
Seeds sticky
Species in genus: 3 species: w Australia
Etymology: (R.H. Solly, English botanist, 1778–1850)

Introduced

S. heterophylla Lindl.


Leaf 3–5 cm, oblong to narrowly ovate; petiole < 0.5 cm
Inflorescence pendent
Flower: petals 8–10 mm, ovate; style < 5 mm
Fruit 2.5 cm, ± black
Ecology: Uncommon. Disturbed, urban areas
Elevation: < 200 m.
Bioregional distribution: Central Coast, South Coast
Distribution outside California: native to w Australia
Synonyms: S. fusiformis (Labill.) Briq

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