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.
Distribution:
Endemic to South Australia and found in the central and western parts, growing on the margin and slopes of salt lake and salty depression.
Status:
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.