Common name: Native Frangipani
Hymenosporum flavum (Hook.) F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Tall shrub or small tree, rarely to 20 m high, occasionally partly deciduous.
Leaves alternate, sometimes clustered and ± whorled, oblong-obovate or ovate to oblanceolate, 8–16 cm long, 3–4.5 cm wide, apex acuminate and often apiculate, margins entire, lamina glabrous or sparsely hairy on lower surface especially along midrib.
Inflorescence rachis often hairy; pedicels 3–4 cm long. Flowers c. 5 cm diam., fragrant. Sepals 6–8 mm long. Petals 3–4 cm long, cream to yellow or sometimes reddish, tomentose or ± silky inside. Ovary linear, hairy.
Capsule compressed, ovate to circular, 20–35 mm long, pseudostipitate silky to glabrescent; seeds flat, with a reniform wing to c. 8 mm wide.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in or near rainforest or wet sclerophyll forest on fertile soils, north from Grose Valley (near Sydney) and inland to the Liverpool Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Sometimes cultivated as an ornamental.
Text by R. O. Makinson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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