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Genus: Pittosporum (cheesewoods - part)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Order: Apiales > Family: Pittosporaceae

About 150 species (Africa through to SE Asia, Australasia, Pacific islands), of which one, Pittosporum viridiflorum, is native to southern Africa. There are an additional two species that have become naturalised in southern Africa and six species that are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Pittosporum viridiflorum

Indigenous distribution extends from southern Africa through to India. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI).

Pittosporum crassifolium (Stiff-leaved cheesewood, Karo)

Native to New Zealand. Has become naturalised in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.

Pittosporum undulatum (Australian cheesewood, Victoria box, Mock orange)

Native to E Australia. Has become naturalised in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape and is a declared Category 1 invasive plant in South Africa.

Additional species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Pittosporum buchananii

Native to New Zealand.

Pittosporum eugenioides (Tarata, Tarata cheesewood)

Native to New Zealand.

Pittosporum phillyraeoides (Willow cheesewood)

Native to Australia.

Pittosporum rhombifolium (Queensland cheesewood)

Native to eastern Australia.

Pittosporum tenuifolium (Spot-leaved cheesewood, Kohuhu)

Native to New Zealand.

Pittosporum tobira (Japanese cheesewood, Tobira)

Native to Japan, China and Korea.


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