Commersonia bartramia - Brown Kurrajong
Family: Sterculiaceae

Fast growing rainforest tree 5-10m but can get up to 25m.
The broad simple leaves are generally toothed and their undersurface covered with pale star-hairs.
Around Christmas time dense clusters of white starry flowers lie on the outer branchlets like snow.
Soft hairy 5-valved seed capsules can be seen on the tree at any time.
Their tiny long lived seeds have a small yellow aril attracts numerous birds and assures seed dispersal.
Found in warmer moister rainforests and their margins.

Fast growing and hardy.
Seeds can be germinated by blending whole capsules, covering them with boiling water, then sowing the resulting fibrous mass.
Cuttings strike quickly and flower early.

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