Seeds of South Australia
Haeckeria cassiniiformis (Compositae)
Dogwood Haeckeria
List of species for Haeckeria
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Seed collecting:
December to May
Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula
IBRA region
Eyre Hills (EYB03)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Talia (EYB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
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 Haeckeria]
Name derivation:
Haeckeria named after Dr G. Haecker (1789-1864), a German botanist. Cassiniiformis means shaped like the genus Cassinia; referring to the species habit and flower-heads.
Endemic to South Australia and found mainly on the Eyre peninsula.
Native. Rare in South Australia. More common after disturbance (e.g. fire, road work).
Plant description:
Short lived shrub to 1 m high with stems erect, rigid, sparsely branched, striate, minutely glandular-pubescent, pale-brown. Leaves spreading, linear, broadened at the base, obtuse, to 20 mm long and 0.8 mm wide, subglabrous to scabrous, gland-dotted, dark-green, with involute margins, sometimes in axillary fascicles on the older branchlets. Flower-heads dense, rounded, subglobular to hemispherical, to 5.5 cm diameter, terminating leafy branches with creamy-white flowers, corolla yellow. Flowering between October and March.
Fruit type:
Light cream, dense round daisy-head.
Seed type:
Brown cylindrical seed to 1.1 mm long and 0.5 mm wide, covered in fine tubercules.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect heads that are matured, cream and contain brown seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Place the heads in a tray for one to two week to dry. Then rub the heads gently with your hands 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.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 100%.
Seed germination:
Seeds are non-dormant, viable seed should germinate readily.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
10300 (0.96 g)
10300 (0.96 g)
Eyre Peninsula
20-Jul-2009100%+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.