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Androcalva fraseri (J.Gay) C.F.Wilkins & Whitlock
Family Malvaceae
Androcalva fraseri (J.Gay) C.F.Wilkins & Whitlock APNI*

Synonyms: Commersonia fraseri J.Gay 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***

This species was previously included in the genus Commersonia. It was transferred to the genus Androcalva, see Wilkins, C.F. & Whitlock, B.A. (2011), A new Australian genus, Androcalva, separated from Commersonia (Malvaceae s.l. or Byttneriaceae). Australian Systematic Botany 24(5): 303-306

Text by G. J. Harden; A.E. Orme (2020)
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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