Commersonia rugosa (Steetz) F.Muell. APNI*
Synonyms: Rulingia rugosa Steetz APNI*
Description: Shrub 1–2 m high.
Leaves linear to narrowly ovate, 1–5 cm long, 5–25 mm wide, margins coarsely toothed, sometimes lobed; upper surface pubescent and strongly wrinkled with impressed veins, lower surface velvety-pubescent; petiole 2–5 mm long.
Inflorescences cymes, few-flowered, often longer than leaves. Calyx c. 4 mm long. Petals c. 4 mm long, pink.
Capsule mostly 8–15 mm diam., bristles softly pubescent, 2–5 mm long, hairs stellate. Leaves, capsules and bristles variable in size. Fruits summer to autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, but not common.
In eucalypt forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS
This taxon is often difficult to distinguish from Commersonia dasyphylla without fruits. More collections are required to ascertain its distribution.
Text by B.J. Conn (2014)
Taxon concept: Wilkins and Whitlock (2011)
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