About 200 species of evergreen trees and shrubs. Leaves alternate to whorled, entire, or rarely with teeth or lobes. Flowers in clusters of one to several, often sweetly scented, white or green hued, yellow, pink to red, 5 sepals, 5 petals, 5 stamens. Fruit a dry, woody capsule.
Pittosporum: from Greek, pitta, pitch, and sporos, seed, a reference to the sticky, resinous covering of the seeds.