Commersonia bartramia, Fam. Sterculiaceae
Small tree 20-25m high, spreading habit, foliage in horizontal layers and young branches covered in fine white hairs.
|Form or habit:||Small tree|
Leaves with toothed margins, egg to heart shaped, 3-15cm long, dull green leaves with a whitish grey underside.
|Flower description:||White-cream cymes approximately 10cm wide, from spring to autumn.|
Black, Brown, Grey
|Fruit description:||Brown or grey-black globular fruit, 1.5-2.5cm in diameter, covered in soft bristles, 5 segmented capsule, each capsule containing 1-2 shiny black seeds, from summer to winter.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, rainforest|
|Distribution||North Queensland to north-eastern New South Wales.|
|Food source for:||The fruit of the brown kurrajong is consumed by the Eungella honeyeater and the tree also provides for the larva of the banded dusk-flat, coral jewel and peacock jewel butterflies.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Important rainforest regeneration specimen due to rapid growth and being able to survive in exposed sites.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia., Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|