An ornamental evergreen shrub or small tree with leathery leaves and clusters of small dark red flowers, native to New Zealand and naturalized in parts of Europe.
Mid 19th century: from Maori.
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noun ka·ro \ˈkä(ˌ)rō\
Definition of karo
: either of two New Zealand plants of the genus Pittosporum:
a : a shrub or small tree (P. crassifolium) with fastigiate branches
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Word forms: plural karo
a small New Zealand tree or shrub, Pittosporum crassifolium with sweet-smelling brown flowers
noun, plural karos.
1. a shrub or small tree, Pittosporum crassifolium, of New Zealand, having shiny leaves with a white, felty underside, red flowers, and densely hairy fruit.
Authority (Brummitt & Powell): Banks & Sol. ex A.Cunn.
Place of original publication: Ann. Nat. Hist. 4: 106 (1839)
English name: Karo
Pittosporum crassifolium - Karo
Pittosporum crassifolium, commonly called Karo, is a small tree or shrub native to New Zealand.
Pittosporum crassifolium Banks & Sol. ex A. Cunn.
Deutsche landesübliche Namen: Karo-Klebsame
Deutscher Name Karo-Klebsame