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Hymenosporum flavum (Australian frangipani)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Pittosporaceae
Genus: Hymenosporum
Species: H. flavum
Binomial name: Hymenosporum flavum
Synonyms: Pittosporum flavum
Common names: Australian frangipani, Sweet shade, Queensland Frangipani

Hymenosporum flavum is a slender, fast-growing, evergreen rainforest tree which is native to Queensland and New South Wales in Australia and New Guinea. It is the sole species within the genus Hymenosporum, and belongs to the Pittosporaceae, and is closely related to the widespread genus Pittosporum. Despite its common name, it is not closely related to the frangipani. The species epithet flavum is Latin for yellow and indicates its flower colour.

Hymenosporum flavum usually grows to around 8 metres in height. It can grow to over 20 metres tall in its native rainforest. It has a relatively open and narrow canopy with a distinct horizontal branch pattern.
It has oblong to lanceolate, dark green, glossy leaves which are usually around 10 cm long and 4 cm wide
In spring (September to October) it produces clusters of fragrant, five-petaled, honey-scented yellow tubular flowers that are 3-5 cm in diameter. They are creamy white initially and turn yellow with age, sometimes with a reddish centre 
Flowers are followed by little pear-shaped seed capsules.

A young white flower that will turn yellow with age.

The glossy leaf.

The underside of a leaf.


An empty seed pod

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