Seeds of South Australia
Eucalyptus remota (Myrtaceae)
Mount Taylor Mallee
List of species for Eucalyptus
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Seed collecting:
January to December
Herbarium region:
Kangaroo Island
NRM region:
Kangaroo Island
IBRA region
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern   [quite widespread on western KI & stable]
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 Eucalyptus]
Name derivation:
Eucalyptus from the Greek 'eu' meaning well and 'calyptos' meaning covered; alluding to the cap or lid which covers the stamens in the bud. Remota from the Latin 'remotus' meaning remote, alluding to the species distribution in relation to closely-related species from eastern Australia.
Distribution:
Endemic to South Australia and found on the western end of Kangaroo Island, growing on gravelly sands and loams over laterite in mallee shrubland.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia.
Plant description:
Single- to several-stemmed spreading tree or mallee to 15 m high with rough, firbous, finely-fissured, grey bark on the lower stems to smaller branches and smooth, grey to yellow-cream bark above. Juvenile leaves ovate, dull, blue-green. Adult leaves to 150 mm long and 40 mm wide, lanceolate, glossy, dark green to blue-green. Flowers in groups of 9-21 in axils of the leaves. Buds to 6 mm long and 4 mm wide, club-shaped, bud-cap round, shorter than the base. Flowers white appearing in summer.
Fruit type:
Cup-shaped to cone-shaped fruit to 10 mm long and 10 mm wide, smooth, disc level, valves 3-5 level to rim.
Seed type:
Dark brown to black sectoroid to pyrimid-shaped seed to 0.7 mm long and 0.5 mm wide.
Embryo type:
Folded.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature fruits that are dark and hard (difficult to break with a finger nail), with the valves un-open any time of year.
Seed cleaning:
Leave the fruits in a breathable container in a dry room for one to two weeks. This allows the valves on the fruit to open and release the seeds. Separate the seeds by placing all the materials into a bucket and shaking it to dislodge the seeds. Pass the material through a sieve to separate the unwanted material. The finer material will contain both seeds and frass that can be very similar in shape and colour. 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.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was low, at 10%.
Seed germination:
Seeds are non-dormant, viable seed should germinate readily.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
Number
of plants
Date
collected
Collection number
Collection location
Date
stored
% ViabilityStorage
temperature
BGA 
MSB
6400 (25.97 g)
6400 (25.97 g)
25+29-Nov-2005PJA102
Kangaroo Island
8-Aug-200610%-18°C
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.