Seeds of South Australia
Dicrastylis beveridgei (Chloanthaceae)
Beveridge's Sand-sage
List of species for Dicrastylis
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Seed collecting:
October to December
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Eyre Peninsula
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   (Probable Decline)
Kingoonya (GAW05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Roxby (GAW07) 
 Near Threatened
Commonwealth Hill (GAW08) 
 Near Threatened
Maralinga (GVD03)Great Victoria Desert
 Least Concern
Kintore (GVD04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Tallaringa (GVD05) 
 Near Threatened
Yellabinna (GVD06) 
 Least Concern
Oodnadatta (STP02)Stony Plains
 Near Threatened   [edge of range]
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [prob stable]
Watarru (CER02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [prob stable]
Everard Block (CER03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
IBRA regions
4 of 8 subregionsGawlerNear Threatened
, Rare
4 of 4 subregionsGreat Victoria DesertLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Rare
Oodnadatta (STP02)Stony PlainsNear Threatened
  [edge of range]
3 of 3 subregionsCentral RangesRare
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 Dicrastylis]
Name derivation:
Dicrastylis from the Greek 'dicroos' meaning forked and 'stylos' meaning a style; alluding to the deeply 2-branched style. Beveridgei named after Peter Beveridge (1829 - 1885), collected plant specimens for Mueller between 1859 and 1865.
Found in the north-western part in South Australia growing in red sand. Also found in Western Australia and Northern Territory.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other States.
Plant description:
Compact tomentose shrub up to 1 m high, approx. 1-2 m diameter with spreading, cylindrical, greyish-tomentose branches, golden-yellow at the tips. Leaves sessile, usually in whorls of 3, sometimes opposite or scattered; narrow-linear with recurved margins; obtuse, 2.8 cm long and 5 mm wide; faintly rugose; densely covered with greyish tomentum. Flower-spike terminal on a short stalk with hairy golden-yellow flowers with small white petals.
Fruit type:
Yellow spongy ball.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature fruits that are golden and spongy. May need to collect a lot as most will not have any viable seeds. 
Seed cleaning:
Place the fruit in a tray and leave to dry for 1 to 2 weeks. Then rub the dried fruits 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.