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Pittosporum (Cheesewood)

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  • Common Name: Pittosporum (Cheesewood)
  • Latin Name: Pittosporum spp.
  • Family Name: Pittosporaceae
This attractive evergreen ornamental garden plant, with its leathery leaves and often sweet-scented flowers, tends to be ignored by most herbivores.

A handful of the 200 species in this genus contain saponins and are classified as toxic (species included are Pittosporum tenuifolium, P. ralphii, P. phillyreoides, P. undulatum, and P. crassifolium).  So although most species of Pittosporum are not toxic, it will probably not be enjoyed by your tortoise because of the texture of the leaves, and unless you know that the specific species of your Pittisporum is one of the safe ones, we advise erring on the side of caution and not feeding it.
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