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Pittosporum napaulense var. rawalpindiense Gowda in J. Arn. Arb. 32.332. 1951.

Pittosporum napaulense var. rawalpindiense

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Pittosporum floribundum* auct. non Wight & Arn.: Parker

    Tree, 8-10 m tall. Leaves 8-13 cm long, 2-2.5 cm broad, glabrous, oblong to oblong lanceolate, acuminate; petiole c. 1 cm. Flowers yellow, in branched corymbs; bracts c. 2 mm, ovate, ciliate; peduncles and pedicels tomentose. Sepals basally united, c. 2.5 mm long, ovate, apex obtuse, ciliate. Petals free, 7 mm long, subulate, tips incurved. Staminal filaments 4 mm long, broader at the base; anther c. 1.5 mm long. Ovary bilocular, tomentose at the lower portion; style c. 2 mm, persistent; stigma bilobed. Capsule sub globose, 6 mm long, 5 mm broad, red, glabrous, dehiscing longitudinally into two valves. Seeds 4 per capsule, smooth, shiny.

    Fl.Per.: April-September.

    Type: Rawalpindi District, Rajhgharah reservoir, 4.xii.1909 Parker s.n. (C).

    Distribution: Known at the foot of the Himalayas from Assam to Rawalpindi in the northwest Punjab.

    Not very common in Pakistan. Differs from the type var. napaulense in its long-acuminate leaves, ovary tomentose only at the lower portion and only 4 seeds per capsule.

    The type var. napaulense has some medicinal properties. Resin is present in the outer bast region. Oil extracted from the plant is used for local application for skin diseases, sprains, bruises, and chest infections. Also prescribed for internal use. The wood yields useful timber.


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