Seeds of South Australia
Dichondra repens (Convolvulaceae)
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Seed collecting:
November to March
Herbarium regions:
Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic Plain
 Least Concern
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern
Glenelg Plain (NCP02) 
 Least Concern
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Least Concern
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Least Concern
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   [restricted habitat, wetter areas]
Olary Spur (FLB03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   [limited habitat, on edge]
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Near Threatened   [northern outliers]
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Near Threatened
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   [restricted habitat]
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   [restricted habitat, wetter areas]
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Least Concern   [higher rainfall, could be declining]
Talia (EYB04) 
 Least Concern   [higher rainfall, could be declining]
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Near Threatened   [edge of range]
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Least Concern
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Near Threatened
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Least Concern
Braemer (MDD07) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   [restricted habitat, wetter areas]
IBRA regions
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Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic PlainLeast Concern
4 of 4 subregionsNaracoorte Coastal PlainLeast Concern
2 of 2 subregionsKanmantooLeast Concern
6 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Rare
4 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
, Rare
5 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Rare
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 Dichondra]
SA Flora:
Flora of South Australia Edition 5
Name derivation:
Dichondra from the Greek 'di' meaning two and 'chondros' meaning a grain; referring to the structure of the fruit. Repens from Latin meaning creeping; alluding to the species habit.
Distribution:
Found in the wetter parts of South Australia from the Gammon Ranges to the lower South-east, growing in grassy eucalypt woodlands and grasslands, mainly in sandy soils, often in moist areas along streams and rivers. Also found in all states except the Northern Territory. 
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Greyish-pubescent perennial with creeping stems rooting at the nodes. Leaves on long petioles, reniform to oblong-orbicular, to 25 mm long, rounded to emarginate, base cordate. Inflorescent small solitary pale greenish-yellow flower in axil of leaves. Flower throughout the year but mainly between October and January.
Fruit type:
Brown hairy 2 cell capsule.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules that are drying off, turning pale brown with hard, dark seeds inside. Capsulse with viable seeds maybe difficult to come by. Some searching is required.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for 1-2 weeks. Then rub the dried capsules 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.