Commersonia bartramia—Brown Kurrajong—MALVACEAE

Commersonia bartramia

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Habitat— In warmer rainforest on the coast and ranges

Distribution— North from the Bellinger River in New South Wales and into Queensland.

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

Local occurrences

Tallwoods, Iluka Nature Reserve, Bundjalung National Park and Royal Botanic gardens Sydney.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, lobed and 3 to 7 veined from base, ovate to broad−ovate, lamina mostly 6 to 15 cm long, 4 to 10 cm wide, ± entire to toothed with 4 to 6 teeth per cm, lower surface tomentose, yellowish to greenish grey; petiole usually 10 to 20 mm long.

Commersonia bartramia
Commersonia bartramia

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

Flowering.— Autumn to Winter

Fruit.—Capsule 10−20 mm diam., bristles stellate−pubescent, 3 to 8 mm long

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn