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Species profile—Commersonia inglewoodensis


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Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Commersonia inglewoodensis Guymer
WildNet taxon ID
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Conservation significant
Pest status
Short Notes
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Commersonia inglewoodensis is a low spreading shrub to 10cm in height and has trailing stems to 90cm long. The branchlets have a covering of fine, star-shaped hairs (0.1-3mm in diameter) becoming hairless. The leaves are broadly ovate to ovate in shape, 1.5-2.5cm long by 1.1-1.9cm wide and have irregularly serrated margins, each with 6-10 pairs of teeth which are 0.2-1mm long. The leaves are green in colour on the upper surface, with impressed veins and a sparse covering of hairs. The underside of the leaves is paler in colour, with raised veins and a dense covering of hairs. The leaf stalks are 2-7mm long and hairy.
Flowers are 1.5-3mm long and occur in groups of three, on stalks 0.3-1mm long. The white (or cream) flowers are 3-3.5mm in diameter. The seed capsules are globular, 6.5-8mm in diameter and 4.8-5.4mm high. They are covered in moderately dense star-like bristles up to 1mm long on the joins between the lobes of the capsule and shorter on the faces. There are 3-4 dull, dark brown seeds per lobe, measuring 1.5-2mm by 1.1-1.6mm. (Guymer 2006)
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Commersonia inglewoodensis is known only from a single population in the Inglewood area in south-eastern Queensland. (Guymer 2006; Herbrecs 2008)
Distributional limits
-28.1957333, 151.0463333
-28.3014709, 151.0663056
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Commersonia inglewoodensis occurs in low heathland and shrubland communities on flat-topped rises. It grows on deeply weathered sedimentary rocks and shallow red sandy loam. It may also be a component of adjacent woodland and open forest. (Guymer 2006; Herbrecs 2008)
Commersonia inglewoodensis has been recorded in flower in February, March and November. Fruits have been recorded in February and March. (Guymer 2006)
Contributors: Gordon Guymer, Mellisa Mayhew 27/01/2009
Guymer, G.P. (2006). New species of Commersonia J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. (Sterculiaceae) from Queensland. Austrobaileya, vol. 7(2): 369-71.
Herbrecs (2008). Commersonia inglewoodensis, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 26/09/2008.
Profile author
Gordon Guymer (27/01/2009)

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

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20 May 2024