Hymenosporum flavum—Native Frangipani—PITTOSPORACEAE.

Hymenosporum flavum

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Habitat—Grows in or near rainforest or wet sclerophyll forest on fertile soils,

Distribution—North from Grose Valley (near Sydney) and inland to the Liverpool Range in New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Tall shrub or small tree, rarely to 20 m high, occasionally partly deciduous.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Tiona, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba River Area, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, entire, oil dots absent, in pseudo—whorls, hairless below. Mainly alternate, sometimes clustered and ± whorled, oblong–obovate or ovate to oblanceolate, 8 to 16 cm long, 3 to 4.5 cm wide, apex acuminate and often apiculate, margins entire, lamina glabrous or sparsely hairy on lower surface especially along midrib.

Hymenosporum flavum
Hymenosporum flavum

Inflorescence—Rachis often hairy; pedicels 3 to 4 cm long. Flowers c. 5 cm diam., fragrant. Sepals 6 to 8 mm long. Petals 3 to 4 cm long, cream to yellow or sometimes reddish, tomentose or ± silky inside. Ovary linear, hairy.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer.

Fruit—Capsule compressed, ovate to circular, 20 to 35 mm long, pseudostipitate silky to glabrescent; seeds flat, with a reniform wing to c. 8 mm wide.

Ripe.—August to January

Hymenosporum flavum