Pittosporum revolutum Dryand.

Brisbane Laurel

Eventually a rounded shrub to about 3 m tall, very variable throughout an extensive range in Australia. Leaves mostly obovate to elliptic, 5-15 cm long and to 6 cm wide, with a shortly pointed tip, often arranged in clusters at the end of the branches, lower surface with rust-coloured hairs which form distinctive balls of brown fluff when rubbed; margins rarely undulate. Flowers up to 10 per cluster; tubular with petal ends recurved, cream-yellow, fragrant, stems rusty-haired; spring. Fruit capsule to 2.5 cm long, very woody, very thick-walled and often warty, opening to reveal up to 80 chunky red sticky seeds, inserted in up to 4 rows in each side of the chamber.

A favoured food of birds, possums and other small animals.

Qld, NSW/Vic border area.

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