Pittosporum ralphii Kirk

Shrub or small tree to about 5 m tall. Leaves alternate, leathery, stalked, almost oblong, narrowing quite abruptly at the stalk; lower surface and stalks with a greyhairy covering; margins flat or slightly turned under. Flowers in clusters at branch ends, reddish; spring. Fruit capsule about 2 cm long, hairy, 3-valved.

A confusing species needing revision and possibly available as a hybrid.

New Zealand.

Similar to P. crassifolium but the leaves thinner and more oblong and generally abruptly narrowed at the base, with hair less dense below and margins more or less flat, not rolled under.

VIC: Footscray (Park).

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.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Apiales
family       Pittosporaceae
genus        Pittosporum Soland.