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Commersonia fraseri J.Gay
Family Malvaceae
Common name: Brush Kurrajong

Commersonia fraseri J.Gay APNI*

Synonyms: Androcalva fraseri (J.Gay) C.F.Wilkins & Whitlock APNI*
Commerconia fraseri F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Small tree or shrub, lenticels not obvious.

Leaves ovate, lamina mostly 5–17 cm long, 2–7 cm wide, irregularly toothed with 2 or 3 teeth per cm, sometimes shortly lobed, lower surface tomentose, pale whitish grey; petiole usually 5–20 mm long.

Staminodes glabrous, as long as petals, lateral lobes linear, shortly fused to central lobe.

Capsule 15–25 mm diam., bristles 5–10 mm long, stellate-pubescent; fruits summer to autumn.

Photo A. Perkins


Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in rainforest and moist eucalypt forest on the coast and adjacent ranges.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
AVH map***

Commersonia fraseri J. Gay s. lat. is treated here as a widespread variable species and includes the larger-leaved taxon with coarser tomentum that has been separated as an unnamed species by Short in the Flora of Victoria (1996); [includes Commersonia. species 1 of Flora of Victoria (Short,1996)]

This species has been transferred to the genus Androcalva by Wilkins & Whitlock (2011). However, it is here currently maintained in the genus Commersonia until its taxonomic status is fully evaluated.

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)

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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