Commersonia hermanniifolia J.Gay ex Kunth APNI*
Synonyms: Rulingia hermanniifolia (J.Gay) Endl. APNI*
Description: Prostrate or trailing shrub, stems to 1 m long.
Leaves oblong to lanceolate, mostly 0.5–2 cm long, 4–15 mm wide, sometimes lobed and larger in juveniles (up to 4 cm long and 3-lobed at base with petiole 10–30 mm long in new growth after fire), apex obtuse, margins irregularly crenate, recurved; upper surface pubescent to glabrous and strongly wrinkled, lower surface densely tomentose; petiole 0–3 mm long.
Inflorescence cymes, few-flowered, longer than petioles. Calyx c. 2 mm long. Petals c. 2 mm long, pinkish.
Capsule 4–6 mm diam., tomentose with very short stellate hairs, bristles c. 1 mm long, glabrous or almost so, except for apex; fruits mostly summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Mostly confined to coastal areas from Broken Bay to Botany Bay, also south to Jervis Bay, and along the Shoalhaven River.
Often spreads 1-2 m across ground or pendent down rock faces, mostly on sandstone cliffs or along gullies; rare.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC
Text by B.J. Conn (2014)
Taxon concept: Wilkins and Whitlock (2011)
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