Pittosporum viridiflorum
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Pittosporaceae
Genus: Pittosporum
P. viridiflorum
Binomial name
Pittosporum viridiflorum

Pittosporum viridiflorum (Cape cheesewood,[1]Afrikaans: Kasuur, Sotho: Kgalagangwe, Xhosa: Umkhwenkwe, Zulu: Umfusamvu) is a protected tree in South Africa.[2]


The leaves are obovate with margin entire and wavy, conspicuous net veining, crowded at ends of branches. Often with a single mis-formed leaf. The midrib has a yellow colour and the leaf has a brilliant green colour when viewed against the light. Fruit borne in clusters at the end of branches, yellow becoming brown, dehiscent with four bright red seeds covered with a sticky exudate with a faintly sweet smell. The bark has brown lenticels.


Pittosporum viridiflorum ranges across Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly in the east from Ethiopia to South Africa and occasionally to the west. It is also found in Yemen and India.[3]


Pittosporum viridiflorum is found in drier forest and evergreen bushland, rain forest, farmland derived from these vegetation types, bamboo forests, degraded Juniperus procera forest, riverine and swamp forest, humid woodland, and sometimes on rocky outcrops. It ranges from 650 to 2,600 meters elevation.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Pittosporum viridiflorum". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Protected Trees" (PDF). Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Republic of South Africa. 3 May 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2021-08-06. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Pittosporum+viridiflorum>

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