One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several New Zealand evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genera Pittosporum (family Pittosporaceae) and Myrsine (family Myrsinaceae); especially (more fully "black matipo") P. tenuifolium, with black bark and clusters of dark purple flowers, and (more fully "red matipo") M. australis, with dark red bark.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Joseph Hooker (1817–1911), botanist. From Maori matipou the red matipo.
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