Seeds of South Australia
Haegiela tatei (Compositae)
Small Nut-heads
List of species for Haegiela
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Seed collecting:
September to January
Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Tintinara (NCP04)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Near Threatened   [edge of range; likes samphire]
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [Occurs in mallee scrub. Two pops near McEcherns Corner & Innes NP]
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [2 populations in/near Port Vincent.]
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   [restricted habitat]
Talia (EYB04) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   [restricted habitat]
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   [restricted habitat]
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03)Murray Darling Depression
 Near Threatened   [likes samphire]
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 Haegiela]
Name derivation:
Haegiela named after Laurence Arnold Robert Haegi (1952- ), an Australian botanist and plant collector. Tatei named after Ralph Tate (1840-1901), Professor of Natural Science, Adelaide.
Found along the coast from Fowlers Bay to the Coorong in South Australia, growing in saline, often gypseous habitats and often growing in samphire flats or low chenopod shrubland. Also found in Western Australia and Victoria.
Native. Rare in South Australia. Rare in the other states.
Plant description:
Small annual herb to 8 cm high with branches ascending to erect. Leaves ovate, lanceolate, obovate or linear, to 7 mm long and 2 mm wide, glabrous or cobwebbed. Flower-heads to 3 mm diameter with white-yellow flowers. Flowering between August and November.
Fruit type:
Pale brown head.
Seed type:
Brown ellipsoid to ovoid seed to 0.6 mm long and 0.3 mm wide, covered in fine tubercules.
Embryo type:
Spatulate fully developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect heads or whole plants that are pale brown or turning brown. Each head should have numerous tiny seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Place the heads in a tray for a week to dry. Then rub the heads gently with your hands to dislodge the seeds. Use a fine sieve to separate the seeds from the unwanted material. Be careful as the seeds are very small. 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
BGA143000 (3.55 g)100+15-Oct-2009DJD1615
Yorke Peninsula
Jun-2010100%+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.