Seeds of South Australia
Dicrastylis lewellinii (Chloanthaceae)
Purple Sand-sage
List of species for Dicrastylis
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Seed collecting:
December to February
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Maralinga (GVD03)Great Victoria Desert
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Yellabinna (GVD06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Lake Pure (CHC07)Channel Country
 Least Concern
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. Lewellinii named after Madeline Mary Ravenna Lewellin (1854 - 1944), fungal artist and plant collector for Mueller in Victoria.
Found scattered in the far north-eastern corner and the western side of South Australia  growing on red sand. Also found in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
Native. Uncommon in South Australia. Rare in Western Australia and New South Wales. Common in the other States.
Plant description:
Shrub to 60 cm tall with stem branching near the base and covered in greyish hairs; basal old stem becoming less hairy. Leaves sessile in whorls of 3 sub-opposite, linear or linear-lanceolate, with recurved margins, to 2.5 cm long and 6 mm wide covered in greyish hairs. Flower-spike with purple sub-globose flowers  in clusters at tipd of stems.  Flowering between September and December.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature fruits that are white 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.