Commersonia dasyphylla Andr.

Bot. Repos. 10: 121-126 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Shrub to c. 3 m high. Leaves ovate, 1–5 cm long, 0.5–1.5 cm wide, irregularly toothed, upper surface green, sparsely stellate-hairy, undersurface grey or greenish-white, stellate-tomentose, all hairs the same length; petioles 2–5 mm long. Inflorescence usually with 10 or more flowers. Calyx segments 3–5.5 mm long, 1.5–3.5 mm wide, stellate-hairy on both surfaces; petals c. half as long as calyx segments, often somewhat stellate-hairy; staminodes 5, stellate-hairy. Capsule 5–7 mm diam. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

EGU, VAlp. A rare species (possibly dependent on fire for germination) in dry open-forest near Murrindal in the east of the state, with an apparent disjunct occurrence on Mt Buffalo (but not reported from there since its collection in 1853).

Smaller-leaved plants from near Genoa Peak are now regarded as a separate species, C. breviseta. Aborigines in New South Wales are known to have used the fibrous bark for making string.

Source: Short, P.S. (1996). Sterculiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Rulingia dasyphylla (Andrews) Sweet).
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2015-07-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Commersonia
Higher taxa


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

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New South Wales