Pittosporaceae is a family of flowering plants that consists of 200–240 species of trees, shrubs, and lianas in 9 genera.[4] Habitats range from tropical to temperate climates of the Afrotropical, Indomalayan, Oceanian, and Australasian realms. The type genus is Pittosporum Banks ex Gaertn.[5]

ʻawa (Pittosporum confertiflorum)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Pittosporaceae

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9 genera[3]


Pittosporaceae are dioecious trees, shrubs, or twining vines, with leaves having pinnate venation, no stipules, and margins that are smooth. Ovaries are superior, often with parietal placentation. The style is undivided and straight, and the stigma is often lobed. The fruit is a capsule or berry with the calyx being shed from the fruit. The seeds are surrounded by sticky pulp that comes from secretions of the placental hairs. The flowers have equal numbers of sepals, petals and stamens.[6]


As of January 2023, the following nine genera are placed within this family as accepted by Plants of the World Online:[3]


  1. Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III" (PDF). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  2. Brown, Robert (1814). Appendix III: General remarks, geographical and systematical, on the Botany of Terra Australis. In Flinders, Matthew. A Voyage to Terra Australis v 2. p. 542. Retrieved 2 January 2023.
  3. POWO (2023). "Pittosporaceae R.Br". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2 January 2023.
  4. Sambamurty, A.V.S.S. (30 December 2013). Taxonomy of Angiosperms. I. K. International Pvt Ltd. p. 727. ISBN 978-81-88237-16-6. Retrieved 2 January 2023.
  5. "APNI Pittosporaceae". Australian Plant Name Index. IBIS database. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  6. Stevens, P.F. (2018). "Pittosporaceae". Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Version 12, July 2012 [and more or less continuously updated since]. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  7. POWO (2023). "Hymenosporum R.Br. ex F.Muell". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2 January 2023.

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