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.
Distribution:
Found scattered in South Australia in the far north-eastern corner and the western side, growing on red sand. Also found in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
Status:
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 or subopposite, linear or linear-lanceolate, with recurved margins, to 2.5 cm long and 6 mm wide overed in greyish hairs. Flower-spike subglobose clusters at terminal of stem with purple flowers. 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.