Androcalva rossii (Guymer) C.F.Wilkins & Whitlock

Native Hemp

Australian Systematic Botany 24: 338, 340 (2011) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Spindly shrub or small tree to c. 8 m high. Leaves ovate or cordate, 5–31 cm long, 2–26 cm wide, irregularly toothed, sometimes somewhat 3-lobed, upper surface green, sparsely stellate-hairy, undersurface stellate-tomentose and grey or greenish-white; petioles 5–15 mm long. Inflorescence usually 10(or more)-flowered. Calyx segments 3–4.5 mm long, 2–2.5 mm wide, stellate-hairy on both surfaces, white internally, tinged pink externally; petals subequal to or longer than the calyx segments; staminodes 5, 3-lobed, glabrous, the inner lobe spathulate, about the length of the petals, the lateral lobes shorter than the inner. Capsule 15–25 mm diam., stellate-tomentose, bearing numerous bristles. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

EGL, EGU, HFE, *GipP. Also NSW. In Victoria a rare species of warm-temperate rainforest margins, wet eucalypt forest and riparian scrub in the far east.

Androcalva fraseri (J.Gay) C.F.Wilkins & Whitlock (syn. Commersonia fraseri J.Gay) occurs in northern New South Wales and Queensland. It has smaller leaves than Androcalva rossii, with finer closer tomentum on both surfaces.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-07-03
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Androcalva
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Androcalva rossii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Androcalva rossii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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New South Wales