Monday, May 3, 2010
Pittosporum crassifolium - Karo
Pittosporum crassifolium: Pittosporum
, from Greek meaning “pitch seed,” because seeds have a resinous sticky coating;
, meaning "thick leaved."
Most commonly seen as a shrub or small container plant, though it can be pruned to a single trunk.
Oblanceolate to spatulate leaves are 2-4" long, grey tomentose on the underside, giving the plant a gray cast from a distance.
Small maroon bell-shaped flowers are scentless.
Fruit is a 3-valved capsule .75"-1.25" long. Seeds are black and sticky.
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