Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Family Profile
Family Description

A family of nine genera and about 200 species in Africa, Asia, Malesia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands; nine genera occur naturally in Australia.


Auranticarpa - A genus of six species endemic to Australia. Cayzer et al. (2000).

Bursaria - A genus of seven species endemic to Australia. Bennett (1978); Cayzer et al. (1999); Stanley & Ross (1983); White (1933).

Hymenosporum - A monotypic genus in New Guinea and Australia. Bakker and Steenis (1957); Stanley & Ross (1983); White & Francis (1924).

Pittosporum -A genus of about 100 species or more, 20 species occur naturally in Australia. Cayzer et al. (2000); Harden et al. (2014).


Bakker, K. & Steenis, C.G.G.J. van (1957). Pittosporaceae. In 'Flora Malesiana.' Ser. 1, Vol. 5, (P. Noordhoff Ltd: Groningen.), pp. 345-362.

Bennett, E.M. (1978). New taxa and new combinations in Australian Pittosporaceae. Nuytsia 2:184-199.

Cayzer, L.W., Crisp, M.D. & Telford, I.R.H. (1999). Bursaria (Pittosporaceae): a morphometric analysis and revision. Australian Systematic Botany 12:117-143.

Cayzer, L.W., Crisp, M.D. & Telford, I.R.H. (2000). Revision of Pittosporum (Pittosporaceae) in Australia. Australian Systematic Botany 13:845-902.

Cayzer, L.W., Crisp, M.D. & Telford, I.R.H. (2000). Auranticarpa, a new genus of Pittosporaceae from northern Australia. Australian Systematic Botany 13:903-917.

Cooper, R.C. (1956). The Australian & New Zealand species of Pittosporum. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 43:87-188.

Harden, G.J., Nicholson, H.R.W., McDonald, W.J.F., Nicholson, N.J., Tame, T. & Williams, J. (2014). Rainforest Plants of Australia. Rockhampton to Victoria. Gwen Harden Publishing.

Schodde, R. (1972). A review of the family Pittosporaceae in Papuasia. Australian Journal of Botany, Supplement Series No. 3:3-60.

Stanley, T.D. & Ross, E.M. (1983). Pittosporaceae. In 'Flora of South-eastern Queensland.' Vol. 1, (Queensland Department of Primary Industries: Brisbane.), pp. 228-232.

White, C.T. (1933). Ligneous plants collected for the Arnold Arboretum in North Queensland by S.F. Kajewski in 1929. Contributions from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University 4:1-113.

White, C.T. & Francis, W.D. (1924). Contributions to the Queensland Flora, No. 2. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 35:63-84.

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