Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Black matipo

Black matipo

Kōhūhū, or black matipo (Pittosporum tenuifolium), is common in regenerating forest throughout much of New Zealand. It is distinguished by dark grey branchlets and pale leaves with a wavy edge. Its flowers are nearly black and emit a sweet perfume at night.

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Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Pittosporums', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015