Abrophyllum ornans (Rousseaceae)

Abrophyllum ornans

This small tree, locally known as the Native Hydrangea, is one of those very common species but which with there is little that many people may be able to relate to. For one thing, it is the sole species in the genus Abrophyllum. It belongs to a small and rather obscure family, the Rousseaceae, that few other than the most hardcore taxonomy nerds will have heard of. It is also endemic to Australia.

Character-wise, there is little to say other than that it has alternate leaves which are toothed on the margins. Maybe one could say it bears a little resemblance to Hydrangeas, if that helps recognizing it in the field.

Abrophyllum ornans

The flowers are yellow and have a particularly bold look, which is hard to explain in words. Probably something to do with the very robust looking stamens and the stigmas that look like a mini-flower when viewed from the top.

The fruits are ripen purple.

Abrophyllum ornans


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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