Pittosporopsis kerrii Craib, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1911(1): 28-29 28 (1911)

Named after A.F.G. Kerr [1877-?], an Irish physician who was director of the botanical department of the ministry of commerce in Thailand from 1921-1931. Later in Kew (England) he continued working on plants.

Pittosporopsis nervosa Gagnep.
Pittosporum nervosum (Gagnep.) Gowda
Stemonurus yunnanensis Hu

Plants (1-)4-7(-17) m tall. Bark red-brown; branchlets brown-green, sparsely lenticellate; young branches green, slightly puberulent. Petiole 1.5-2.5 cm, glabrescent, adaxially grooved; leaf blade shiny, abaxially light green, adaxially dark green, 12-22 4-8.5 cm, abaxially slightly hairy on midvein, lateral veins 5-7 pairs, midvein and lateral veins prominent abaxially, slightly concave adaxially, reticulate veins sparse and conspicuous, base gradually narrowed, apex acuminate or obtuse. Cymes 3-4.5 mm, puberulent; peduncle 1.5-2.5 mm, with branches 0.4-0.8 cm; pedicel yellow puberulent; bractlets 3 or 4, scalelike. Flower buds green, oblong. Calyx ca. 2 mm; lobes triangular, ca. 1 1 mm, outside sparsely golden puberulent. Petals yellow-green at first, becoming white-green to white, 5-7 1.5-2 mm, except for lateral margins densely golden puberulent outside in bud, glabrescent to glabrous, fragrant. Stamens ca. as long as petals; filaments ca. 1 mm wide; anthers white, 1-1.5 mm. Disk to 1 mm. Ovary conical, 1.5-2 mm; style clavate, 3-4 mm. Drupe white-green, edible when young, brown and 2-ribbed when dry, 2.5-3.5 2-2.5 cm. Seeds with a light red-brown, very thin testa; endosperm yellow-white. [From Flora of China]

Dense valley forests; 300-1600 m.

Young fruits are edible. The seeds are edible and are said to be used medicinally (China).

Southern China (Yunnan), Burma, Laos, Thailand, Northern Vietnam.

Local names
China: Jia hai tong.