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Species profile—Commersonia pearnii

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Plantae (plants) → Equisetopsida (land plants) → ByttneriaceaeCommersonia pearnii

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Species details

Kingdom
Plantae (plants)
Class
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Family
Byttneriaceae
Scientific name
Commersonia pearnii Guymer
WildNet taxon ID
30649
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Endangered
Back on Track (BoT) status
High
Conservation significant
Yes
Confidential
No
Endemicity
Native
Pest status
Nil
Short Notes
Holotype, Isotype, spirit
Description
Commersonia pearnii is a shrub 30-100cm tall. The branchlets are covered in dense, star-shaped, pale yellow hairs. The leaves are oblong to ovate in shape, 1.4-5cm long by 0.8-1.6cm wide, and have undulating margins of 5-7 rounded lobes 1-10mm long. The veins are raised on the lower leaf surface and impressed on the upper surface. The leaves have a waxy, greyish-blue appearance with velvety star-shaped hairs on both the upper and lower leaf surfaces.
Flower clusters contain 3-8 flowers. The white, cream or pale green flowers are 4-5mm in diameter and on stalks 0.5-0.8mm long. The outside of the buds and stalk are covered in star-shaped, pale yellow hairs. The capsules and seeds are unknown. (Guymer 2005)
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Distribution
Commersonia pearnii is only known from the Blackdown Tableland in central Queensland. (Guymer 2005; Herbrecs 2008)
Distributional limits
-23.7448122, 149.0447067
-23.91509, 149.084429
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Habitat
Commersonia pearnii inhabits open forest and woodland, with a range of canopy species. It grows on sandstone escarpments and tablelands with shallow, medium- to coarse-grained soils. (Guymer 2005; Herbrecs 2008)
Reproduction
Commersonia pearnii is known to flower in March, September and October. (Guymer 2005)
Notes
Contributors: Gordon Guymer, Mellisa Mayhew 27/01/2009
References
Guymer, G.P. (2005). New species of Commersonia J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. (Sterculiaceae) from Eastern Australia and Vanuatu. Austrobaileya, vol. 7(1): 244-6.
Herbrecs (2008). Commersonia pearnii, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 26/09/2008.
Profile author
Gordon Guymer (27/01/2009)

Other resources

The Australasian Virtual Herbarium (AVH)
Atlas of Living Australia

Data source

This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0
https://apps.des.qld.gov.au/species/?op=getspeciesbyid&taxonid=30649

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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