Seeds of South Australia
Halgania andromedifolia (Boraginaceae)
Smooth Blue-flower
List of species for Halgania
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Seed collecting:
November to December
Herbarium regions:
Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
IBRA regions
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Endangered   (IUCN: EN B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Definite Decline)   [red loams, open mallee]
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Definite Decline)
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Least Concern
Talia (EYB04) 
 Least Concern
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Least Concern
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Near Threatened   (Probable Decline)   [heavy soils]
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Least Concern
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Least Concern   [northern section only]
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)Riverina
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [not typical habitat]
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)
Yellabinna (GVD06)Great Victoria Desert
 Least Concern
Yalata (NUL03)Nullarbor
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Hampton (HAM01)Hampton
 Least Concern
IBRA regions
5 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
, Vulnerable
, Endangered
3 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)RiverinaRare
  (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [not typical habitat]
Myall Plains (GAW01)GawlerRare
  (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)
Yellabinna (GVD06)Great Victoria DesertLeast Concern
Yalata (NUL03)NullarborRare
  (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Hampton (HAM01)HamptonLeast 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 Halgania]
Name derivation:
Halgania named in honour of Emmanuel Halgan (1771-1852), vice-admiral of the French navy. Andromedifolia means having foliage that resembles the genus Andromeda, which is named after Andromeda, the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiope, whom Perseus rescued from the sea monster.
Found in upper southern part of South Australia, growing in in mallee communities. Also found in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Perennial shrubs to 1.3 m high, usually little-branched, glutinous, densely covered with short forward-directed appressed hairs soon wearing off on the stems. Leaves oblong-elliptic rarely oblong-lanceolate, to 25 mm long and 7 mm, obtuse to rounded, with a recurved margin, with few fine hairs above and densely hairy below, leathery. Inflorescence terminal with 1-5 clusters each with 1-3 deep-blue flowers. Flowering between August and October.
Fruit type:
Fruit indehiscent drupe, usually with 1 seed.
Seed collecting:
Collect fruits that are maturing, fat and hard.
Seed cleaning:
Place the fruits in a tray and leave to dry for two weeks. Then rub the fruit gently 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.