Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Pittosporum revolutum Ait.

Half hardy, bushy shrub with alternate, lance-shaped leaves, to 11cm long, woolly beneath, and few-flowered terminal umbels of bell-shaped yellow flowers in spring and summer, followed by spherical orange capsules.  To 4m.  [RHSE, FNSW, Beadle].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘A native of NSW, whence it was early introduced.  It flowers abundantly in April and May, and the blossoms have a very delicate odour.’  [LBC no.506, 1821].  ‘Introduced by Sir Joseph Banks; and altho’ present in our gardens in 1795, has been figured by Mr. Rudge in 1811, from a dried stick, as the substitute of an erroneously supposed absentee.’  [BR f.186/1817].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.760/1857].  Probably collected locally by Macarthur.  It occurs in rainforest and both wet and dry sclerophyll forest in coastal districts but as far west as the Blue Mountains [FNSW].


Published Mar 24, 2009 - 04:23 PM | Last updated Mar 25, 2010 - 12:58 PM

Illustrated are the lance-shaped leaves and terminal umbels of bell-shaped yellow flowers.  Botanical Register f.186, 1817.

Pittosporum revolutum Ait. | BR f.186/1817 | BHL

Family Pittosporaceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Pittosporum revolutum 

Confidence level high