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Hymenosporum flavum

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - November

Common name native frangipani
Scientific name Hymenosporum flavum  (Hook.) F.Muell.
Family  Pittosporaceae

Genus: From Greek, hymen, a membrane; and spora, a seed. Referring to the winged seeds

Species: From Latin, flavus, yellow, referring to the typical flower colour.

Distribution This species occurs  in New Guinea and from north-east Queensland to near the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales.
Native habitat In rainforest or temperate forest.

It is a tall shrub or small to medium tree with attractive glossy, green foliage. The sweetly scented flowers are a buttery cream colour which age to golden yellow.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in spring.

Location in Garden

At Mount Annan you can see it planted around our Playground next to Melaleuca House Cafe.


Hymenosporum flavum is the only member of the genus Hymenosporum (ie. it is a a monotypic genus). The genus is closely related to Pittosporum, which it resembles in certain respects.

Popular in cultivation it is generally fast growing and adapts well to most soil types. It performs best in moisture retentive, humus rich soils and appreciates supplementary watering during extended dry periods. Young plants are frost tender but as they mature they can tolerate moderately heavy frosts. Plants flower much better in a full sun position but they can tolerate some shade.





Hymenosporum flavum

Hymenosporum flavum

Hymenosporum flavum