Seeds of South Australia
Dampiera marifolia (Goodeniaceae)
Velvet Dampiera
List of species for Dampiera
Display more images
Click on an image to enlarge it
Seed collecting:
November to March
Herbarium regions:
Murray, Southern Lofty, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Tintinara (NCP04)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern
Fleurieu (KAN02)Kanmantoo
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [in Monarto area; survives on roadsides]
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Near Threatened   [southern limit]
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Near Threatened
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Least Concern
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
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 Dampiera]
Name derivation:
Dampiera named after William Dampier (1652-1715), an English buccaneer and explorer, who collected botanical specimens on the north-west coast of Australia in 1699 as commander of H.M.S. Roebuck. Marifolia means having leaves similar to those of Teucrium marum.
Found in the Murray region and the upper South-east in South Australia, growing in mallee scrub and forest on sandy soils. Also found in Victoria.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in Victoria.
Plant description:
Spreading perennial subshrub to 60 cm high, with terete, slightly ribbed stems and hairy branches. Leaves ovate to elliptic-oblong, acute; to 20 mm long and 6 mm wide, hairy on both surfaces; margins entire and thickened. Inflorescence usually solitary in leaf axils, each bearing 1-3 blue flowers. Flowering between September and December.
Fruit type:
Hard rusty-hairy ovoid fruit to c. 4 mm long.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect maturing fruits, those that are fat and contain hard seeds inside. Collecting good mature fruits will be time consuming as few fruits maybe produced.
Seed cleaning:
Place the fruit in a tray and leave to dry for two weeks. Then rub the fruits gently with a rubber bung to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate any 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:
This species tends to produce very few viable seeds.