Scientific Name:
Pittosporum huttonianum Kirk, Trans. New Zealand Inst. 2: 92 (1870)

Rather sparingly branched shrub or tree up to 8 m. tall; bark black; branchlets slender, clad when young in white cobwebby or floccose tomentum, as are young lvs. Lvs alt., coriac., lamina 7·5–12.5 × 4–5 cm., on slender petioles 1–2 cm. long; elliptic to broad-elliptic to obovate-oblong, subacute to obtuse. Fls axillary, solitary or in 2–5-fld axillary and terminal clusters; peduncles slender, white-tomentose, up to 2 cm. long. Sepals 6–7 mm. long, subulate to lanceolate, acuminate, white-pubescent on back; petals up to 1 cm. long, oblong-ligulate, dark red. Capsules subglobose to obovoid; white-downy when young, c. 1·5–2 cm. long, 3-valved, rarely 2-valved, on pedicels 1–2 cm. long.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Oct.–Nov.; Fruiting: (May)

Cooper, R.C. 1956: The Australian and New Zealand species of Pittosporum. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 43: 87–188.
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Naturally Uncommon]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Naturally Uncommon]
Kirk, T. 1870: On the Botany of the Thames Gold-fields. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 2: 89–100.