Herb latin name: Pittosporum bicolor

Family: Pittosporaceae

Description of the plant:


5 m
(16 feet)

to April

Medicinal use of Pittosporum bicolor:

None known

Known hazards of Pittosporum bicolor:

Although no mention has been found for this species, some members of this genus contain saponins. Saponins are found in many foods, such as some beans, and although they are fairly toxic to people they are poorly absorbed by the body and most pass straight through without any problem. They are also broken down if the food is thoroughly cooked for a long time. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.