Auranticarpa Queensland


The name refers to the distinctive red-orange (auranticum — a modern, latinised adaptation of orange);

Greek carpos — fruit.

Slender, small trees. Leaves alternate or in whorls, entire or toothed, leathery, stalks conspicuous. Flowers bisexual, massed in flat clusters; cream, sweet-smelling. Sepals 5, free. Petals 5, also free, spreading from the base; summer. Ovary completely bilocular, placentation axile. Fruit massed orangered capsules, distinctively and unequally bilocular, bivalve; seeds few, black, glossy, dry, attached at the centre of each chamber.

6 species from mainly tropical areas in N and NE Australia, preferring basalt outcrops.

Seed (difficult) or softwood cuttings.

Masses of flowers in flat-topped clusters in summer, followed by distinctive orange-red fruits persisting all winter; seeds are black and not sticky.

Cayzer (1997), Cayzer et al. (2000b).

Source: Cayzer, L. (2002). Pittosporaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Apiales
family       Pittosporaceae
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