Making an acquaintance with Ostrearia australiana marks for me the meeting of the third and last member of the three species of Hamamelidaceae in FNQ. This one is probably one of the most nondescript. It does not have very visible stipules like Neostrearia and Noahdendron. There is however, a small stipular scar that forms a small brown ridge around the stems at each leaf axil. The leaves, particularly developing ones, have stellate hairs on the upper surface.
The developing flowers look like green galls on the flowering spikes.