Seeds of South Australia
Crassula colorata var. colorata (Crassulaceae)
Variegated Stonecrop
List of species for Crassula
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Seed collecting:
October to December
Herbarium regions:
Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Lucindale (NCP03)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Data Deficient   [no vouchered records]
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Least Concern   [probably undercollected]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern   [probably undercollected]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Olary Spur (FLB03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Near Threatened   [along road sides, in crevices]
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Near Threatened   [along road sides, in crevices]
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Least Concern
Talia (EYB04) 
 Least Concern
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Least Concern
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Near Threatened   (Probable Decline)
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Near Threatened   (Probable Decline)
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Least Concern
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Least Concern
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02) 
 Least Concern
Gawler Lakes (GAW03) 
 Least Concern
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04) 
 Least Concern
Kingoonya (GAW05) 
 Least Concern
Torrens (GAW06) 
 Near Threatened   [along road sides, in crevices]
Roxby (GAW07) 
 Near Threatened   [along road sides, in crevices]
Commonwealth Hill (GAW08) 
 Near Threatened   [along road sides, in crevices]
Maralinga (GVD03)Great Victoria Desert
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Yellabinna (GVD06) 
 Least Concern
Nullarbor Plain (NUL02)Nullarbor
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Yalata (NUL03) 
 Least Concern
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Near Threatened   [along road sides, in crevices]
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Near Threatened   [along road sides, in crevices]
IBRA regions
DISPLAY ALL
2 of 4 subregionsNaracoorte Coastal PlainLeast Concern
2 of 2 subregionsKanmantooLeast Concern
, Data Deficient
6 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Rare
5 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
, Rare
4 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Rare
8 of 8 subregionsGawlerLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
2 of 4 subregionsGreat Victoria DesertLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 3 subregionsNullarborLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsNear Threatened
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Crassula]
Name derivation:
Crassula the diminutive of the Latin 'crassus' meaning thick; alluding to the fleshy leaves and branches. Colorata from Latin meaning variegated; alluding to the variegated colour of the plant.
Distribution:
Found in the southern part of South Australia, growing on sandy soils in seasonally inundated flats. Also found in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Annual herb witherect stems to 15 cm long, little branched and mainly from the base. Leaves succulent, lanceolate, to 6 mm long and 4 mm wide, slightly but abruptly constricted towards the base, flat to slightly convex above, more or less convex below, green to reddish-brown. Inflorescence in the axils of leaf-like bracts with pale-yellow to red flowers. Flowering between August and November. This variety differ from the other variety found in South Australia, by have follicles (fruit capsule) laterally compressed, slightly constricted at the base, gradually constricted into slender styles, smooth, membranous, usually pale, where as Crassula colorata var. acuminate has follicles almost cylindrical and slightly laterally compressed, abruptly constricted in the lower third and gradually constricted into a slender style, with a cluster of crustaceous brown tubercles in the lower third but otherwise membranous.
Fruit type:
Small pale brown capsules in clusters along the stems.
Seed type:
Tiny brown ellipsoid seed to 0.5 mm long and 0.3 mm wide, smooth.
Seed collecting:
Collect whole plants that are drying off, turning red-brown with mature fruit-spikes. These will contain very small brown seeds when rubbed with your fingers.
Seed cleaning:
Place the plants in a tray and leave to dry for two weeks. Then rub the plants gently by hand or with a rubber bung to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Be very careful as the seeds are very small. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 100%.