Pittosporum rubiginosum (Pittosporaceae)

Pittosporum rubiginosum

The Hairy Red Pittosporum is an endemic shrub that occurs in the dark shade of the rainforest understorey. I have hardly seen this species grow taller than 2-3m tall. The leaves are soft textured, hairy, largish (although very small ones occur), and look clustered new the twig tips. The leaf are distinctively obovate and the veins form very distinctive loops far inside the leaf margin. The leaf underside is also often purplish.
As the common name for this endemic shrub species suggests, the fruits of the species are hairy, and the fruits split widely open into two parts, exposing the seeds covered in bright red pulp.

Pittosporum rubiginosum

More on this soon.


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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