Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and dehiscing fruit. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Pittosporum venulosum F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1868) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 6: 186. Type: In silvis montanis ad Rockinghams Bay. J. Dallachy. Holo: MEL; iso: NSW..
Rusty Pittosporum; Velvet Pittosporum; Brown Pittosporum; Veiny Pittosporum
A small tree seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Blaze odour resembling Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) or Western Lime (Eremocitrus glauca).
Young shoots and younger leaf bearing twigs clothed in woolly rusty brown hairs. Leaf blades about 6.5-12 x 2-5.8 cm. Midrib raised in a depression on the upper surface of the leaf blade.
Sepals oblong-obtuse, about 4-4.5 x 1.5-2 mm, ciliate, rusty tomentose. Petals about 8-11 x 1.5-2 mm. Stamens about 4-5 mm long.
Capsules subglobose to ovoid with an evident stipe, two, rarely 3-valved, apiculate, about 10-20 x 10-14 mm, glabrous, rugose. Valves about 1-2 mm thick. Placentas with funicles attached about the middle. Seeds about 6-14, aril or sarcotesta sticky.
Cotyledons narrowly ovate or narrowly elliptic with a short mucro at the apex, intramarginal vein present. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic or obovate-elliptic, glabrous on the upper surface; petiole, stem and terminal bud clothed in pale brown, tangled hairs.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in NEQ and southwards as far as coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from 550-1000 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed rain forest but is probably more common on rain forest margins, particularly drier rain forest.
Now often used as an ornamental tree it is easily grown and decorative either in flower or fruit.
This species is recorded as being used as an aphrodisiac by the aborigines of north Queensland. Cribb (1981).
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)