Pittosporum undulatum—Sweet Pittosporum, Native Daphne, Mock Orange.—PITTOSPORACEAE.

Pittosporum undulatum

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Habitat—Grows in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest and sheltered situations in dry sclerophyll forest or woodland; widespread on the coast and ranges, west to lower valleys of the Nandewar Range and Rylstone in New South Wales.

Distribution—Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

Description—Tall shrub or tree to 15 m high, glabrous on vegetative parts except for a few hairs on young growth.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wallamba River Area, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, in pseudo–whorls or alternate, petioles short, margins wavy; ovate or elliptic to narrowly obovate, usually 6 to 15 cm long, 15 to 40 mm wide; margin usually undulate or occasionally flat, lacking teeth; apex acute to acuminate; mature leaves glabrous; petiole 12 to 15 mm long.

Pittosporum undulatum
Pittosporum undulatum

Inflorescence.—Terminal clusters, fragrant. Sepals 6 to 10 mm long, ± hairy outside. Petals 10 to 12 mm long, white to cream—coloured. Ovary hairy.


Fruit.—Capsule globose to ± obovate, 10 to 14 mm long, c. 10 mm diam, smooth, sparsely hairy or glabrescent, light orange to yellow—brown; seeds numerous, red—brown.

Ripe.—Late Summer.

Pittosporum undulatum