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Pittosporum eugenioides (Lemonwood).

(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Pittosporaceae
Genus: Pittosporum
Species: P. eugenioides
Scientific name: Pittosporum eugenioides,
Common name: Lemonwood, Tarata

Whilst young a Pittosporum eugenioides has a conical shape that broadens and spreads with age to 20m in height, the largest NZ Pittosporum. The trunk of 60cm is encased in the bark. The small yellow flowers which appear from October to December grow in terminal clusters and have a pleasant smell. The leaves are yellow-green with undulating margins and a lemon scent can be smelt if crushed. Naturally occurring throughout NZ from sea level to 600m.

The Maori used the gum from the bark in complex scent formula along with parts of other plants.

Photographed in flower at Otari-Wilton's Bush Reserve Wellington. October.

A stand of very large Pittosporum eugenioides at Otari-Wilton's Bush Reserve Wellington.

A small tree

Pittosporum eugenioides male flowers early October

Male flowers with long stamens and narrow petals. The female flowers have much thicker petals.

Close up of the male flower.

The surface of a leaf

The undersurface of a leaf

Pittosporum eugenioides fruit late October

Mature trunk.

A mature branch

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