Pittosporum ferrugineum (Pittosporaceae)

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This widespread and common shrub or tree is known as the Rusty Pittosporum, probably due to the rusty brown tomentum on the leaf underside, that is easy to rub off with the fingers. This character is not always present or reliable some other Pittosporum species like P. venulosum do this too, but P. ferrugineum is by far the commonest species around, and other than P. revolutum, seems to do quite well in slightly more exposed conditions (although it does ok in rainforest shade as well).

The fruits ripen yellow and split open to expose red pulpy seeds.

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Pittosporum ferrugineum
Immature fruits

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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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