Seeds of South Australia
Darwinia salina (Myrtaceae)
Salt Darwinia
List of species for Darwinia
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Herbarium regions:
North Western, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Eyre Peninsula
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Eyre Hills (EYB03)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [likes salt lakes, limited habitat]
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [likes salt lakes, limited habitat]
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [likes salt lakes]
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [likes salt lakes]
Gawler Lakes (GAW03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [likes salt lakes]
Kingoonya (GAW05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [likes salt lakes]
Commonwealth Hill (GAW08) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [around gypseous salt lakes]
Maralinga (GVD03)Great Victoria Desert
 Least Concern   [likes salt lakes]
Yellabinna (GVD06) 
 Least Concern   [likes salt lakes]
Nullarbor Plain (NUL02)Nullarbor
 Least Concern   [likes salt lakes]
Yalata (NUL03) 
 Least Concern   [likes salt lakes]
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. Salina  from the Latin 'salinae' meaning salt pans, referring to the species habitat, in or near salty places.
Endemic to South Australia and found in the central and western parts, growing on the margins and slopes of salt lakes and salty depressions.
Native. Unccommon in South Australia.
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.