Pittosporum eugenioides

Pittosporum eugenioides A. Cunn., Ann. Nat. Hist. 4: 106 1839. (Syn: Pittosporum elegans Raoul; Pittosporum enkianthoides R. Cunn. & Hueg. in Putterl.; Pittosporum microcarpum Putterl.);
 

Pittosporum eugenioides, common names lemonwood or tarata, is a species of New Zealand native tree.
Growing to 12 m (39 ft) tall by 5 m (16 ft) broad, it is conical when young but more rounded in shape when mature.[1] Its leaves are mottled yellow-green with curly edges and a salient bright midrib, and have a strong lemony smell when crushed.[2] It has highly fragrant clusters of attractive yellow-cream flowers in spring, followed by distinctive black seed capsules.[3]
It is found throughout New Zealand's North and South Islands along forest margins and stream banks from sea level to 600 m (1,969 ft).[4] It is New Zealand's largest pittosporum.[5]
The binomial qualifier eugenioides means "resembling Eugenia", a different genus of plants.[6]
(From Wikipedia on 26.12.14)


 
 

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