Pittosporum multiflorum—Orange Thorn—PITTOSPORACEAE.

Pittosporum multiflorum

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Habitat—Grows in or near rainforest or wet sclerophyll forest, on shales or well-drained volcanic soils.

Distribution— North from Bega district in New South Wales to Queensland.

Description— Rigid, much—branched, sometimes straggling shrub 1 to 3 m high, branches bearing numerous slender spines, mostly arising from leaf axils; stems brittle.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Forster Park and Marina, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, The Islands, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, plants with spines, broad—ovate to obovate or cuneate or circular, 3 to 12 mm long, 2.5 to 8 mm wide, apex obtuse or acute, most leaves usually toothed in apical half or rarely leaves entire; midvein and larger lateral veins evident on lower surface; nearly sessile.

Pittosporum multiflorum
Pittosporum multiflorum

Inflorescence.—Axillary, solitary, not numerous, sessile. Sepals 1 to 1.5 mm long, ciliate. Petals c. 4 mm long, white.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer.

Fruit.— Globose, 4 to 10 mm diam., thin—walled, glabrous, pericarp orange; seeds few to several, not or scarcely viscid.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn.

Pittosporum multiflorum