Pittosporum patulum is a small tree that grows up to six metres high, in sub-alpine scrub and mountain beech forest in the South Island. The most striking aspect of its appearance is the deep red, fragrant flowers that appear in springtime.
Unfortunately, little is known about the ecology of this species. However the population has definitely declined to the extent that it is classified as nationally endangered.
Pittosporum patulum is notable for having distinctly different juvenile and adult stages of growth.
Pittosporum patulum is classified as nationally endangered.
It is hoped that the current Department of Conservation recovery actions currently being undertaken in key sites will increase our knowledge of the species, and halt its decline.
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