Pittosporum tetraspermum Wight & Arn., Prodr. Fl. Ind. Orient. 154 1834.;

India (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala), Sri Lanka as per Catalogue of Life;


Habit- Small trees up to 8 m tall.

Trunk & Bark- Bark brown, lenticellate, finely fissured; blaze white.
Branches and branchlets – Young branchlets terete, pubescent, lenticellate.
Leaves- Leaves simple, alternate, spiral, usually crowded at apex; petiole 1.5-2 cm long, canaliculate, minutely pubscent when young; lamina 5-10 x 2-4 cm, obovate to oblanceolate or narrow elliptic, apex acute to shortly acuminate, sometimes obtuse, base cuneate, margin entire; subcoriaceous, pale beneath, glabrous; midrib slightly canaliculate; secondary nerves ca. 9 pairs; tertiary nerves reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower- Inflorescence racemes; flowers cream; pedicel 0.5 cm long.
Fruit and Seed – Capsule, 2 valved, ca. 1 cm across; seeds 4.
Along margins of evergreen forests above 1600 m.
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka; in the Western Ghats- Anamalai, Palani hills, Nilgiris and Bababudangiri hills.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry as per India Biodiversity Portal)


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Nilgiris :: Rutaceae tree for ID :: 271213MK001 : Attachments (8).  5 posts by 3 authors.

Please help me in identifying this shola tree, growing stunted with a height of about 4 metre tall.
Fruit: c.1 cm across; fragrant with oil glands in the rind
Leaf: 10-12 cm long
Habitat: wet temperate forest
Alt.: 2350 m asl
Date: 13 Dec 2013
Place: Doddabetta RF, Nilgiris, TN


This is Pittosporum sp. belongs to Pittosporaceae and not a Rutaceae member


Yes sir, this is a Pittosporum sp.


efi page on Pittosporum – may be of help.


May be Pittosporum ceylanicum as per GBIF
Pl. confirm.


On further checking, I feel it may be more closer to Pittosporum tetraspermum Wight & Arn. as per (GBIF) Specimen



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