- A small, slender tree to 5 m.
- Juveniles have narrow, dark, leathery, lobed leaves 2-5 cm long. In adults, the leaves are 4-7 cm long and up to 1 cm wide, with slightly toothed or smooth margins, and are crowded toward the tips of branches.
- Flowers are dark red and fragrant and give rise to a two-valved capsule.
- Pittosporum patulum is mainly dioecious, i.e. separate male and female plants.
Distribution and Habitat
- Northern South Island and head valleys of Clutha and Waitaki catchments.
- Occurs in montane beech forest, often associated with natural disturbance.
- Highly susceptible to browse from deer, goats, possums.
- Habitat loss.
- Lack of pollination due to sex-ratio imbalance.
- Lack of birds to disperse fruit.
- Mark known sites.
- Survey for new locations.
- Protection of habitat.
- Reintroduce to appropriate sites.
- Encourage birdlife.
- Control browsing animals.
- Ensure that forest owners are aware of potential habitats and can recognise the species.
- Check existing populations annually.
- Report new locations to DOC, NZPCN.
Further Information and Support
- New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN). http://www.nzpcn.org.nz
- Possum control - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.
- Townsend, A.J. (1999). Pittosporum patulum recovery plan 1999-2009. Threatened Species Recovery Plan 28. Department of Conservation, Wellington.
- Dopson et al. (1999). The conservation requirements of New Zealand’s nationally threatened vascular plants. Threatened Species Occasional Publication 13. Department of Conservation, Wellington.
- Poole & Adams (1994). Trees and shrubs of New Zealand. Maanaki Whenua Press, Lincoln.
- Wilson & Galloway (1993). Small-leaved shrubs of New Zealand. Manuka Press, Christchurch.
- Peter de Lange, Peter Heenan, David Norton, Jeremy Rolfe and John Sawyer 2010: Threatened Plants of New Zealand. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch. 472 pp.