Seeds of South Australia
Gunniopsis papillata (Aizoaceae)
Twin-leaf Pigface
List of species for Gunniopsis
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Seed collecting:
October to December
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Northern Flinders (FLB05)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern   [likes mineralised breakaways]
Gawler Lakes (GAW03)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Torrens (GAW06) 
 Least Concern   [likes mineralised breakaways]
Tallaringa (GVD05)Great Victoria Desert
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Dieri (SSD03)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Warriner (SSD04) 
 Least Concern   [likes mineralised breakaways]
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Least Concern   [likes mineralised breakaways]
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Least Concern   [likes mineralised breakaways]
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Least Concern   [likes mineralised breakaways]
Witjira (STP06) 
 Least Concern   [likes mineralised breakaways]
Baltana (STP07) 
 Least Concern   [likes mineralised breakaways]
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
IBRA regions
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Northern Flinders (FLB05)Flinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
  [likes mineralised breakaways]
3 of 8 subregionsGawlerLeast Concern
, Rare
Tallaringa (GVD05)Great Victoria DesertRare
  (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
2 of 4 subregionsSimpson Strzelecki DunefieldsLeast Concern
, Rare
5 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsLeast Concern
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel CountryRare
  (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
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 Gunnia. Papillata from the Latin 'papillatus' meaning to have papillae; alluding to the papillae which cover the branches and leaves.
Distribution:
Found in the central and northern part of South Australia, growing along ephemeral creek beds, swales and in depressions on gibber flats on saline loams or clays. Also found in Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Northern Territory. Uncommon in Queensland and New South Wales.
Plant description:
Annual herb to 20 cm high covered with papillose (nipple-like projection). Leaves spathulate to ovate, yellow-green to grey-green, to 30 mm long and 11 mm wide. Flowers solitary, white or yellow. Flowering between August and October.
Fruit type:
Brown capsules to 5 mm across, with two valves and depressed at the apex.
Seed type:
Small brown reniform seed to 0.9 mm long, covered with round projections.
Embryo type:
Peripheral.
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.