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Pittosporum angustifolium

Plant Family


Alternative Common Names

weeping pittosporum, butterbush, cattle bush, apricot tree, gumbi gumbi (or gumby gumby), cumby cumby, meemeei, poison berry bush, and berrigan.

Slow-growing slender shrub or small tree growing up to 10m. Graceful drooping branches.

Leaves - are long and thin, 4 to 12 cm long and 0.4–1.2 cm wide.

Flowers - are small cream or pale yellow, , 6-12mm long, tubular in the lower half, with 5 spreading petals, stalked, borne singly or in clusters in the leaf axils, and have a pleasant scent.

Fruit - small round egg or sometimes heart-shaped bright orange, resembles an apricot and can remain on the tree for several years. The wrinkled dark red seeds are held within a sticky yellow pulp.

Flowering late winter - spring

Indigenous uses - analgesic for ear ache, coughs and colds; bactericides: wounds, sore and ulcers; skin disease: scabies, tinea, ringworm, itches, leprosy. Used as an infusion of the seeds, fruit pulp, leaves or wood internally for the relief of pain and cramps; decoction of the fruits was drunk and applied for eczema and pruritus. Some groups ate the gum that oozed from wounded branches, others reportedly ground the seeds to flour.


Grows in woodland and mallee communities, and widespread on sandy soils in the arid zone.

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