The selected images here are of the Native Apricot (Pittosporum angustifolium), taken at the Alice Springs Desert Park. It is known by several other common names including Bush Apricot and Weeping Pittosporum.
The fruit of this species Pittosporum angustifolium is a round to oval shape and is not edible. This is not to be confused with the other commonly know Native Apricot (Meiogyne cylindrocarpa), whose fruit is edible and whose shape is more elongated and cylindrical, with a more orange to red colour skin. Meiogyne cylindrocarpa is also known as Fingersop.
Pittosporum angustifolium is a drought hardy shrub/tree, it is found growing throughout Australia, especially in the arid and semi-arid inland regions, along watercourses and hilly areas, although they do occur in low numbers.
Sometimes a straggly looking shrub/tree, with a weeping appearance, the flowers are cream to yellow when in bloom (usually in late winter to spring). The fruit is usually a more of an oval shape and may vary from yellow to orange in colour. When open the fruit reveals a bright red sticky pulp enclosing the seeds.
The Bush Apricot are known by various names, including Native Apricot, Weeping Pittosporum, Western Pittosporum, Cattle Bush, Native Willow, Cheesewood, poison berry bush, berrigan, meemeei. It is also known as Gumbi Gumbi or Gumby Gumby. It can also be researched under the name Pittosporum phylliraeoides and P. phylliraeoides var. microcarpa.
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes
- Clade: Angiosperms
- Clade: Eudicots
- Clade: Asterids
- Order: Apiales
- Family: Pittosporaceae
- Genus: Pittosporum
- Species: P. angustifolium
- Binomial name: Pittosporum angustifolium
Footnote & References
- Pittosporum angustifolium, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittosporum_angustifolium (last visited January. 26, 2021).
- Indigenous medicine – a fusion of ritual and remedy, author Graham Jones, 5 December 2014, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/indigenous-medicine-a-fusion-of-ritual-and-remedy-33142
- 10 bush medicines that have been curing people for generations, by Natalie Cromb, 7 June 2017, SBS NITV, https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2017/05/25/10-bush-medicines-have-been-curing-people-generations