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Hymenosporum flavum

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.

Common namenative frangipani
Scientific nameHymenosporum flavum (Hook.) F.Muell.
FamilyPittosporaceae
Etymology

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.

DistributionThis species occurs in New Guinea and from north-east Queensland to near the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales.
Native habitatIn rainforest or temperate forest.
DescriptionIt 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/fruitingFlowers in spring.
Location in gardenAt Mount Annan you can see it planted around our Playground next to Melaleuca House Cafe.
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