Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Hymenosporum flavum (Hook.) F. Muell.

Evergreen shrub or tree, to 8m., with fragrant, bright yellow flowers, to 2.5cm across.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘One of the finest species yet known of the genus.  Specimens were some time ago sent to us as gathered at Port Stephens, East Australia, by Alan Cunningham.  More recently we have received specimens from the late Mr. Bidwill, collected in the Wide Bay district, and a drawing from Captain Philip King, who considered it would form the type of a new genus: but we do not see how it differs generically from Pittosporum.  The seeds, however, which we have not seen, are said to be winged: and the name proposed for it was ‘Hymenosporum’  Our plants, introduced by Mr. Bidwill, flowered in February 1854.’  [BM t.4799/1854 as Pittosporum flavum].

History at Camden Park

‘The Pittosporaceous plant will undoubtedly form a new genus.  I enclose a capsule with seeds.  It forms a very handsome plant with clusters of bright yellow flowers with tubes perhaps 1½ inches long with the corolla about one inch in diameter.  It was first noticed by Mr. Bidwill, he has I believe recently described it, but I have not heard the name.  I saw it in beautiful bloom at Port Stephens in October last about 8 or 9 feet high.  It is apt to grow naked if not frequently stopped back.’  Macarthur to James Backhouse, 24th February, 1849.  [MP A2933-1, p.189].  There are several in the gardens at Camden Park including a fine mature specimen in the Edmund Blake Garden.


Published Feb 15, 2009 - 09:24 AM | Last updated Mar 25, 2010 - 01:01 PM

The illustration shows leaves and bright yellow salverform flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.4799, 1854.

Hymenosporum flavum (Hook.) F. Muell. | BM t.4799/1854 | BHL

Family Pittosporaceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia



  • Pittosporum flavum Hook.
Common Name

Native frangipani

Name in the Camden Park Record

Pittosporaceous plant

Confidence level high