Commersonia bartramia (L.) Merr.
Merrill, E.D. (1917) An Interpretation of Rumphius's Herbarium Amboinense : 362.
Scrub Christmas Tree; Brown Kurrajong; Kurrajong, Brown
Fibrous stripes in the blaze.
Flowers about 5 mm diam. in large panicles. Calyx and corolla stellate hairy throughout. Staminodes petaloid, stellate hairy, inflexed and covering the ovary in the bud, but reflexed to expose the ovary at anthesis. Each staminal filament with a bilobed gland at the base, each lobe long, subulate and hairy.
Occurs in NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards to north eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range from sea level to 800 m. Grows in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites. This species is favoured by disturbance and is a characteristic component of rain forest regrowth. Also occurs in New Guinea.
A fast growing tree common along roads and areas of disturbance.