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Useful Tropical Plants

Pittosporum rhytidocarpum

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Pittosporaceae

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General Information

Pittosporum rhytidocarpum is an evergreen shrub or small tree that can grow up to 10 metres tall[
1684
Title
The Pacific Species of Pittosporum Banks ex Gaertn. (Pittosporaceae)
Publication
Allertonia Vol 1, No 2, pp73-167 May 1977
Author
Haas J.E.
Publisher
 
Year
1977
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1684
Title
The Pacific Species of Pittosporum Banks ex Gaertn. (Pittosporaceae)
Publication
Allertonia Vol 1, No 2, pp73-167 May 1977
Author
Haas J.E.
Publisher
 
Year
1977
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

Pacific - Fiji

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height5.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Pittosporum species generally grow best in a sunny position, but tolerate light shade. They succeed in most well-drained soils[
182
Title
Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos.
Publication
 
Author
Thomas. G. S.
Publisher
Murray
Year
1992
ISBN
0-7195-5043-2
Description
Contains a wide range of plants with a brief description, mainly of their ornamental value but also usually of cultivation details and varieties.
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Although flowers usually appear to be hermaphrodite, many species of Pittosporum are functionally dioecious, with individual specimens bearing mainly or totally flowers of one sex only. Even so, occasional functionally hermaphrodite flowers will appear and, in at least some species, these flowers can be self-compatible and produce fertile seed even in the absence of any other plants of that species[
1685
Title
Revision of Pittosporum (Pittosporaceae) in Australia
Publication
Australian Systematic Botany 13, 845-902, 2000
Author
Cayzer L.W.; Crisp M.D. & Telford I.R.H.
Publisher
 
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive review of the genus in Australia
].
The species in this genus are also very likely to hybridize with other members of the genus[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. When growing a species from seed it is important to ensure that the seed either comes from a known wild source, or from isolated specimens in cultivation.
The plant can flower and produce fruit all year round[
1684
Title
The Pacific Species of Pittosporum Banks ex Gaertn. (Pittosporaceae)
Publication
Allertonia Vol 1, No 2, pp73-167 May 1977
Author
Haas J.E.
Publisher
 
Year
1977
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction make from the leaves and bark is taken by women after childbirth[
1684
Title
The Pacific Species of Pittosporum Banks ex Gaertn. (Pittosporaceae)
Publication
Allertonia Vol 1, No 2, pp73-167 May 1977
Author
Haas J.E.
Publisher
 
Year
1977
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

A dye is obtained from the seed capsules[
1684
Title
The Pacific Species of Pittosporum Banks ex Gaertn. (Pittosporaceae)
Publication
Allertonia Vol 1, No 2, pp73-167 May 1977
Author
Haas J.E.
Publisher
 
Year
1977
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

The trunks of larger specimens are used to make canoes[
1684
Title
The Pacific Species of Pittosporum Banks ex Gaertn. (Pittosporaceae)
Publication
Allertonia Vol 1, No 2, pp73-167 May 1977
Author
Haas J.E.
Publisher
 
Year
1977
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 7cm with a heel[
78
Title
Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers.
Publication
 
Author
Sheat. W. G.
Publisher
MacMillan and Co
Year
1948
ISBN
-
Description
A bit dated but a good book on propagation techniques with specific details for a wide range of plants.
].
Basal ripewood cuttings in a cold frame[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
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