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Commersonia bartramia

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - February & March

Common name brown kurrajong
Scientific name Commersonia bartramia (L.) Merr.
Family  Malvaceae
Etymology

Genus: Named after French naturalist Philibert Commerson, 1728-1773, who was a member of the Bougainville expedition.

Species: Named after J. & W. Bartram.

Distribution Occurring in Malaysia, and from Cape York in Queensland south to the Bellinger River, New South Wales.
Native habitat Subtropical, dry and riverine rainforest.
Description A medium tree to 20 m with small, white flowers in dense clusters. It forms attractive lime green bristly fruit.
Flowering/fruiting Flowers from December to February.

Location in Garden

Mature trees can be seen in Bed 9 in the Connections Garden.

 

Suitable for a large garden, it has a pyramidal shape with horizontal layered branches and is very ornamental when in flower and fruit. It is sometimes called scrub Christmas tree due to the masses of white flowers which make the plant look like it has snow covered branches.

Aboriginal people made a fibre from the bark of this plant for use in fish and kangaroo netting.

 

 Commersonia bartramia, image taken by Tracey Armstrong

Commersonia bartramia, image taken by Tracey Armstrong

Commersonia bartramia, image taken by Tracey Armstrong