Seeds of South Australia
Darwinia micropetala (Myrtaceae)
Small Darwinia
List of species for Darwinia
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Seed collecting:
October to December
Herbarium regions:
Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Kangaroo Island, South East
IBRA regions
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Least Concern
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern   [widespread and stable]
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Regionally Extinct   [presumed extinct; edge of range; likes saline ground]
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,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 Darwinia]
Name derivation:
Darwinia named after Dr Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), an English physician, poet and grandfather of the great naturalist, Charles Darwin. Micropetala from the Greek 'mikros' meaning small and 'petalum' meaning petal, referring to the species' small flowers. 
Found on Kangaroo Island and the South-East in South Australia, growing in swales and around the edges of lakes, often with Melaleuca brevifolia. Also found in Victoria.
Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Victoria.
Plant description:
Small erect wiry shrub to 50 cm high. Leaves grey-green, opposite, to 3 mm long and 0.5 mm wide; linear and triquetrous to obovate with a concave-convex, warty surface. Inflorescence in small terminal compound head  with white flowers borne in upper leaf axils . Flowering between June and October.
Fruit type:
Small, brown nut-like fruit enclosed in the hypanthium and crowned by persistent sepals and petals.
Seed collecting:
Collect fruit heads that are darkening, turning brown and drying off. Rub the flower parts in your palm to see if there is any seed.
Seed cleaning:
Place the heads in a tray and leave to dry for a week. Then rub the heads with your hands or 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.