Pittosporum tobira (Thunb.) W.T. Aiton, 1811., W. T. Aiton, 1811

Verloove, Filip, 2021, New records in vascular plants alien to Tenerife (Spain, Canary Islands), Biodiversity Data Journal 9, pp. 62878-62878: 62878

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.9.e62878

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scientific name

Pittosporum tobira (Thunb.) W.T. Aiton, 1811.
status

 

Pittosporum tobira (Thunb.) W.T. Aiton, 1811.  

Pittosporum tobira   Hortus Kew. (2nd ed.) 2: 27. 1811.

Distribution

TENERIFE: Tegueste, El Socorro, TF-154 road, as epiphyte on Phoenix   , rather numerous individuals in several trees on both sides of the road, 18.01.2019, F. Verloove 13445 (BR). https://observation.org/observation/205286418/

Notes

A native of East Asia, this shrub is frequently cultivated as an ornamental in warm-temperate areas across the world. Its seeds are embedded in a resinous pulp which probably explains why the species is frequently dispersed by berry-eating birds. As a result, Pittosporum tobira   is regularly found as an epiphyte on palm trees, just like species of the genera Ficus   or Schefflera   .

In El Socorro in Tenerife, bird-sown shrubs of this species have been observed for several years on Phoenix   trunks.

From the same genus, the Australian shrub Pittosporum undulatum   Vent. is an invasive species in Gran Canaria and Tenerife ( Acebes Ginovés et al. 2010), especially in the evergreen laurel forest. However, it is also sometimes observed as an epiphyte on Phoenix   , for instance, in Puerto de la Cruz.

Kingdom

Plantae

Phylum

Angiospermae

Class

Dicotyledoneae

Order

Rosales

Family

Pittosporaceae

Genus

Pittosporum

Loc

Pittosporum tobira (Thunb.) W.T. Aiton, 1811.

Verloove, Filip 2021
2021
Loc

Pittosporum tobira

W. T. Aiton 1811
1811