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Commersonia dasyphylla Andrews
Family Malvaceae
Commersonia dasyphylla Andrews APNI*

Synonyms: Rulingia pannosa R.Br. APNI*
Rulingia dasyphylla (Andrews) Sweet APNI*

Description: Shrub 1–4 m high, often flowering young so as to appear as a subshrub.

Leaves ovate to lanceolate, mostly 3–7 cm long, 5–30 mm wide, base slightly cordate, margins coarsely toothed, sometimes lobed; upper surface pubescent but usually becoming glabrous or scabrous and wrinkled with impressed veins, lower surface velvety-pubescent; petiole mostly 5–10 mm long. Juvenile leaves often 3–5-lobed, to 10 cm long, 6 cm wide, ± golden velvety to pubescent with long stellate hairs.

Inflorescence cymes, few-flowered, longer than petioles. Calyx c. 2 mm long. Petals 2–3 mm long, pinkish.

Capsule 5–7 mm diam., bristles rigid, 2–3 mm long. Fruits summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Widespread.

Often grows in rocky sites, especially along gullies and streams.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
AVH map***

Text by B.J. Conn (2014)
Taxon concept: Wilkins and Whitlock (2011)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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