[pi-tos-per-uhm, pit-uh-spawr-uhm, -spohr-]
any of various shrubs or trees of the genus Pittosporum, native to warm regions of the Old World, many species of which are cultivated as ornamentals for their attractive foliage, flowers, or fruit.

< Neo-Latin, equivalent to Greek (Attic) pitto- (combining form of pítta, píssa pitch2) + spór(os) seed (see spore) + Neo-Latin -um neuter noun ending; so called from the resinous coating of the seeds

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pittosporum (pɪˈtɒspərəm)
any of various trees and shrubs of the Pittosporum genus of Australasia, Asia, and Africa, having small fragrant flowers
[New Latin, from Greek pitta pitch (from the resinous coating of the seeds) + spora seed]

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It's composed of two tulips and variegated pittosporum.
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