Seeds of South Australia
Gunniopsis kochii (Aizoaceae)
Koch's Pigface
List of species for Gunniopsis
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Seed collecting:
November to December
Herbarium regions:
Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges
NRM region:
South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Northern Flinders (FLB05)Flinders Lofty Block
 Near Threatened   [localised around Leigh Ck; endemic to SA]
Torrens (GAW06)Gawler
 Least Concern
Warriner (SSD04)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Oodnadatta (STP02)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Least Concern
Witjira (STP06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Baltana (STP07) 
 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 Gunniopsis]
Name derivation:
Gunniopsis from the genus Gunnia named after Ronald Campbell Gunn (1808-1881), a Tasmania botanist and from the Greek 'opsis' meaning resembling; alluding to the resembles of the genus to the genus GunniaKochii named in honour of Maxwell "Max" Koch (1854-1925), a German-born Australian botanical collector.
Endemic to South Australia and restricted to the Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens and Flinders Ranges regions, growing on stony soils, especially on gibber plains.
Native. Uncommon in South Australia.
Plant description:
Greyish to green sparsely branching annual herb to 20 cm high, covered with densely nipplelike projection. Leaves ovate to oblanceolate, somewhat fleshy, to 30 mm long and 11 mm wide. Flowers solitary, terminal or in the forks of the branches, purple or pink inside. Flowering between September and October.
Fruit type:
Brown, depressed-globular capsule to 7 mm diameter, with two valves.
Seed type:
Small brown reniform seed to 0.6 mm long, covered with round tubercules.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Pick mature capsules when they turn a straw colour and contain hard dark seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for at least a week. Then rub the dried capsules to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the 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.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 95%.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
7400 (1.58 g)
7500 (1.6 g)
Flinders Ranges
19-Sep-200895%+5°C, -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.