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Commersonia corniculata
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Scientific classification

Commersonia corniculata is a species of flowering plant in the family Malvaceae and endemic to Western Australia. It is a hairy-stemmed shrub. The leaves are irregularly or tripartitely lobed, and are covered in both simple and stellate hairs.


Commersonia corniculata was first formally described as Lasiopetalum corniculatum in 1822 by the English botanist James Edward Smith, from material gathered at King George Sound by Archibald Menzies. In 2018 Kelly Anne Shepherd and Carolyn Wilkins examined the material and determined that it matched the later described species, Commersonia cygnorum (described by Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel in 1845). Since Lasiopetalum corniculatum is the first legitimate description of the plant, the name needed to be changed to Commersonia corniculata.

Distribution and habitat

This species is found in Western Australia, in Beard's South-West Province.

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