I am trying to identify this medium arching shrub growing to about 1.5m high x 2m wide in the subtropical climate of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in Brisbane, Australia. Unfortunately there was no label with it. The inflorescence is about 3cm across, a greenish yellow, and made up of many tentacle-like florets. I don't think it is an Australian native plant.


  • $\begingroup$ Best I could find is Maclura pomifera, but no pictures of this exact stage of development $\endgroup$ – user39958 Apr 18 '19 at 17:04
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    $\begingroup$ Opposite, pubescent leaves with acuminate tip and truncate base. White stipule in background. Inflorescence appears to be a compound cyme? Not sure if those are strange pubescent petals (unlikely?) or sepals or bracts in 7s. Initially made me think of Hamamelis flowers, but the yellow "tentacles" are not ribbon-like enough to be any Hamamelis I know or could find. Hmmmm $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Jun 30 '19 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ @theforestecologist could it be Listea glutinosa? It is native to Australia. $\endgroup$ – trinitrotoluene Jul 9 '20 at 9:09
  • $\begingroup$ @trinitrotoluene doesn't look the same to me. E.g., leaf base and flowers look different. geocities.ws/wessaaliens/species/laurel.htm $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Jul 9 '20 at 17:29
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    $\begingroup$ @theforestecologist yeah you're right. I hadn't properly seen the leaf bases. Maybe op could post some more pictures from different angles. $\endgroup$ – trinitrotoluene Jul 9 '20 at 17:33

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