Seeds of South Australia
Cyphanthera myosotidea (Solanaceae)
Forget-me-not Ray-flower
List of species for Cyphanthera
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Seed collecting:
October to December
Herbarium regions:
Gairdner-Torrens, Eyre Peninsula, Murray, Kangaroo Island
NRM regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
IBRA regions
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   (Probable Decline)   [roadworks a threat]
Eyre Hills (EYB03)Eyre Yorke Block
 Least Concern
Talia (EYB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Least Concern
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Near Threatened   [comes up after rain]
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Near Threatened
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Least Concern
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)Riverina
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [not ideal habitat]
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Near Threatened
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
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 Cyphanthera]
Name derivation:
Cyphanthera from the Greek 'cyphos', meaning bent forwards and 'antheros' meaning an anther, referring to horseshoe-shaped anthers. Myosotidea means having resemblance to the genus Myosotis (forget-me-not).
Found on Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and the Murray in South Australia growing in mallee on sandy soil, usually in disturbed sites. Also found in Victoria.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other States. More common after fire.
Plant description:
Rounded undershrub to 30 cm tall and 45 cm wide, with branches covered in hairs. Leaves oblong, elliptic or ovate; sessile or almost so, to 10 mm long and 4 mm wide, green, covered in hairs. Inflorescence solitary or in 1–3 clusters with white with purple striated flowers. Flowers mainly in spring.
Fruit type:
Brown globose to broadly ovoid capsule to 4 mm long, containing numerous seeds.
Seed type:
Light brown oblong to bean-shaped seed to 3 mm long and 1 mm wide, with a mesh-like surface.
Embryo type:
Linear fully developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect capsules that are maturing, fat, turning a straw colour and contain hard brown seeds inside. Monitor the plants as the capsules will dry, split and disperse the seeds in a short space of time. Using of a small bag (ie. Organza bags) to enclose the developing capsules will help to increase the chances of collecting sufficient viable seeds. More common post fire. 
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks. Then rub the capsules gently by hand or with a rubber bung to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. 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 average, at 75%.
Seed germination:
This species has physiological dormancy that need to be overcome for the seed to germinate (i.e a fire responsive species).
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
1800 (1.3 g)
1800 (1.3 g)
Eyre Peninsula
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.
Germination table:
DateResultT0T50Pre-treatment | Germination medium | Incubator: Photoperiod / Thermoperiod
May-084%47 dNA after ripening at 45°C 6 weeks, aerosol smoke 15min;
filter paper over moist sand;
Incubated under winter conditions
May-080%NANA after ripening at 45°C 6 weeks;
filter paper over moist sand;
Incubated under winter conditions
May-080%NANA leached in water 72 h;
filter paper over moist sand;
Incubated under winter conditions
filter paper over moist sand;
Incubated under winter conditions
Result: Maximum percentage of germination observed.
T0: Number of days before first germinant observed.
T50: Number of days to achieve 50% germination.
Pre-treatment: The initial treatment that the seeds received prior to placement on germination media.
Germination medium: The substrate that seeds were placed on for the duration of the germination experiment.
Incubator conditions:
Photoperiod: The duration of light exposure that the seeds were subject to during a 24 hour period.
Thermoperiod: The constant or diurnal temperatures that seeds were subject to during a 24 hour period.
Winter conditions: 15°C 20 h (3am→11pm); 5°C 4 h (11pm→3am) / 10 h light (8am→6pm); 14 h dark (6pm→8am)
Spring/Autumn conditions: 22°C 12 h (8am→8pm); 10°C 12 h (8pm→8am) / 12 h light (8am→8pm); 12 h dark (8pm→8am)
Summer conditions: 30°C 14 h (6am→8pm); 15°C 10 h (8pm→6am) / 14 h light (6am→8pm); 10 h dark (8pm→6am)