Plant Pittosporum bicolor (Banyalla)

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Botanical Name: Pittosporum bicolor

Family: Pittosporaceae

Common Name: Banyalla

Other Names: Cheesewood

Distribution: south eastern New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania

Field Notes:
Grows as an understorey plant in temperate wet sclerophyll forest
It is reported to have lovely orange scented flowers.
Orange - brown seed capsules opens 90 degrees to reveal a cluster of bright res, sticky seeds.

Uses:
The plant is rich in saponins.
Indigenous people have traditionally put large quantities of saponins in streams to stupefy or kill the fish.
Tolerant of sea spray, it makes a suitable wind break, esp near the coast, and is used as an ornamental in gardens.
If trimmed it forms a hedge.




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