Flower of Pittosporum patulum. Photo M Beardsley.

Pittosporum patulum

Pittosporum patulum is a small tree that grows up to six metres high, in sub-alpine scrub and mountain beech forest in the South Island. The most striking aspect of its appearance is the deep red, fragrant flowers that appear in springtime.

Unfortunately, little is known about the ecology of this species. However the population has definitely declined to the extent that it is classified as nationally endangered.