General Description:

Androcalva is an endemic genus of 33 species, many formerly included in Commersonia and Rulingia.   They range in size from small shrubs to small trees and have stems, leaves and flowers covered with stellate (star-like) hairs.

Androcalva fraseri (previously Commersonia fraseri) is a tall shrub or small tree from 2 to 5 metres high by a similar width.  The mid to dark green leaves are an elongated oval shape from 5 to 20 cm long with toothed margins.  They are covered with short hairs on the under surface which gives a greyish appearance.  The small white to cream flowers appear in a massed display during spring and summer. The individual flowers are about 1 cm in diameter.

Although not widely cultivated, this is a hardy shrub for a semi-shaded location in a range of climates and moist soils.  Given its habitat in the wild, it may require regular watering during extended dry periods.  The plant is tolerant of at least moderate frosts.

Propagation may be carried out from seed without pretreatment.  Cuttings of firm, current season’s growth are reported to strike readily.

 

Plant profile image

Androcalva fraseri
Photo: Brian Walters

Other Native Plant Profiles

Search Tips

By default the search engine tries to locate pages which have exact matches for all of the words entered in your search query. If that fails, it then tries to locate pages which contain any words in your search query. If that happens a short message is displayed at the top of the search results indicating this has been done. In addition, there are several ways to modify the default search behavior.  Note, searches are case insensitive.

Phrase Search
The search engine supports three types of phrase search.

  • To match an exact phrase, use quotes around the phrase. Example: "banksia integrifolia"
  • To match a near (within a couple of words) phrase, use square brackets [around the words]. Example: [banksia integrifolia]
  • To match a far (within several words) phrase, use braces { around the words }. Example: {banksia integrifolia}

+ and - qualifiers
If you prepend a word with + that word is required to be on the page. If you prepend a word with - that word is required to not be on the page. Example: +always -never

* Wildcard
If a query word ends with a * all words on a page which start the same way as that query word will match. Example: gift*

? Wildcard
If a query word contains a ? any character will match that position. Example: b?g

Boolean Search
You can use the following boolean operators in your search: AND, OR, NOT. These operators MUST be in capital letters. Example: (contact AND us) OR (about AND us)

All of these techniques can be combined: +alway* -ne??r*

Billardiera heterophylla

View Plant Profile

Acacia longifolia

View Plant Profile

Acacia baileyana

View Plant Profile

Acacia podalyriifolia

View Plant Profile

Acacia pycnantha

View Plant Profile

Eucalyptus globulus

View Plant Profile

Leptospermum laevigatum

View Plant Profile

Melaleuca quinquenervia

View Plant Profile

Pittosporum undulatum

View Plant Profile

Schefflera actinophylla

View Plant Profile

Syzygium paniculatum (variegated form)

View Plant Profile

 

Chrysanthemoides monilifera
var. monilifera

Senecio madagascariensis

Opuntia stricta