Pittosporum eugenioides. TARATA. New Zealand
As you enter the Old Union courtyard from Panama Mall you
pass under five taratas growing as small shade trees. There are others on the
opposite side of the street. But the tree can also be grown as a hedge as may
be seen a few yards to the east. Individuals can be found elsewhere on campus and there is a nice grove of mature trees at the intersection of Lane L and Lomita Drive, on the lake side of the driveway to Roble Hall. Tarata leaves are quite distinctive, even at
a distance, because the wavy edges of the glossy 2- to 4-inch leaves give a curious
effect of being dappled in two tones of green. There is a resemblance to the smaller
leaves of the kohuhu which, with the tarata, also has shiny black twigs supporting
the new leaves. But the flowers are quite different, having narrow yellow petals
spreading from a small cup, and being arranged in conical clusters.
PITTOSPORACEAE (Pittosporum family)
Illus.: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951. An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd. 2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.
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Name derivation, genus | species Greek pitta (pitch) and spora (seed), referring to the sticky seed coating | Eugenia-likeRelated material: Key for campus Pittosporum