Plants of
South Australia
Pittosporum angustifolium
Native apricot
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Pittosporum from the Greek 'pitta' meaning pitch and 'spora 'meaning a seed; referring to the sticky covering of the seed. Angustifolium from the Latin 'agustus' meaning narrow and 'folium' meaning leaf.

Distribution and status

Found in all parts of South Australia except in the south of the South-east. Also found in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other States.
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Shrub or a tree to 10 m tall with long green alternate leaves, drooping on the branches. Flowers unisexual (possibly sometimes bisexual), sweet-scented; males mostly in axillary clusters of up to 6; females usually solitary in axils; yellow-cream with curved petals. Flowering between August and November. Fruits are orange ovoid capsules that split into two and contain numerous seeds. Seeds are red sticky seeds to 6 mm long and 4 mm wide. Seed embryo type is linear underdeveloped.

Seed collection and propagation

Collect seeds between September and February. Collect by hand fruits that are orange in colour, opened or unopened. Place the fruit in a tray and leave to dry for at least two weeks. The fruit will split and open as it dries. Once the fruits split, use your fingers or a small spoon to extract the seeds. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place. From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 100%.

Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
2,990 (69.3 g)
2,990 (69.3 g)
Southern Lofty
1-Sep-2004100%+5°C, -18°C
BGA1,960 (52.5 g)20+23-Mar-2004SMK78
Southern Lofty
BGA550 (9.86 g)824-Jul-2017KHB950
North Western
BGA11,500 (18,510 g)2526-Jun-2019Poldina Siding
Eyre Peninsula
24-Jun-202094%-18°C, -80°C
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.
Germination table: