Seeds of South Australia
Dicrastylis gilesii (Chloanthaceae)
Giles' Sand-sage
List of species for Dicrastylis
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Herbarium region:
North Western
NRM region:
Alinytjara Wilurara
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. Gilesii named after William Ernest Powell Giles (1835-1897), an English born explorer and botanical collector in central Australia.
Found in the far north-western corner in South Australia growing on rocky slopes & hillsides. Also found in Western Australia and Northern Territory.
Native. Rare in South Australia. Common in the other States.
Plant description:
Tomentose shrub to 2 m high with erect branching, chiefly near the base stems; densely covered in greyish hairs; young branchlets with purplish or greenish-grey hairs. Leaves decussate, petiolate, elliptic-ovate, lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate; entire to 8.5 cm long and 3 cm wide and up to 1.5 mm thick; densely tomentose,with young leaves with purplish or greenish-grey hairs; stalk to 1 cm long, densely tomentose. Flower-spike of cream- white flowers in pyramidal clusters in axils of leaves, with purplish-grey, purplish-cream or greenish-grey hairs.   
Fruit type:
Creamy-white hairy fruit.
Seed type:
Woody globular seed to 3 mm diameter, covered in silky hairs.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature fruits that are fate and creamy white. 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.