Medium tree to 20 m in all types of rainforest. A popular garden plant whose scent is not as strong but just as pleasant as the exotic Frangipanis common in Brisbane gardens.

Simple, alternate leaves to 15 cm, soft, dark green above, paler and sometimes a little hairy below. Juvenile leaves sometimes toothed.

Fruit are brown irregular capsules splitting into two to reveal numerous flat winged seeds, Dec – April.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Flowers

Cream, pleasantly scented flowers darkening to yellow on slender stalks at ends of branchlets, March – Nov.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Foliage

Hymenosporum from Greek hymen, thin membrane and sporos a seed, referring to the flat winged seeds; flavum from Latin golden yellow or light yellow, referring to the colour of the flowers.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Tubestock

Germinates readily from fresh seeds which are easy to collect around December – January.

Photo: Robert Whyte