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Commersonia bartramia (L.) Merr.
Family Malvaceae
Common name: Brown Kurrajong

Commersonia bartramia (L.) Merr. APNI*

Synonyms: Commersonia echinata J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. APNI*
Commerconia echinata F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Small tree or shrub, twigs with numerous white lenticels.

Leaves strongly discolorous, ovate to broad-ovate, lamina mostly 6–15 cm long, 4–10 cm wide, ± entire to toothed with 4–6 teeth per cm, upper surface smooth, glabrous or with medium-density, white, sessile, stellate hairs in vein indentations, and with or without intermixed scattered, white, clavate, glandular trichomes; lower surface with pale, tan-centred, white, stellate hairs, above dense, smaller beige, stellate hairs, glandular trichomes absent, apex acute to acuminate; petiole usually 10–20 mm long; stipules digitate to entire, ovate-lanceolate, 0.5–2.8 mm wide.

Staminodes pubescent, central lobe tomentose, shorter than petals, lateral lobes small, filiform, tomentose, attached to stamen filaments.

Capsule 10–20 mm diam., outer surface with dense, white, stellate hairs beneath dense bristles 3–8 mm long, all over surface; bristle shaft with dense, stellate hairs; apical hair with erect or horizontal arms.; fruits summer to autumn.

Photo T.M. Tame

Distribution and occurrence: North from the Bellinger River.

In warmer rainforest on the coast and ranges
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

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

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