Seeds of South Australia
Hybanthus aurantiacus (Violaceae)
Yellow Slender Violet
List of species for Hybanthus
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Seed collecting:
July to December
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Near Threatened   [in rocky creek lines]
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [in rocky creek lines]
Everard Block (CER03) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   [in rocky creek lines]
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 Hybanthus]
Name derivation:
Hybanthus from the Greek 'hybos' meaning hump and 'anthos' meaning flower; referring to the spurred or pouched anterior petal. Aurantiacus from Latin meaning orange; referring to the colour of the flowers.
Found in the far northern part of South Australia, growing on edge of rocky creek-line. Also found in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.
Native. Uncommon in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Compact perennial shrub to 60 cm tall with hairy or smooth stems. Leaves alternate or clustered, linear to lanceolate, to 30 mm long, hairy, margins serrate-dentate or occasionally entire. Flowers solitary with orange to yellow, large single paddle-like petal and small lateral petals. Flowering  between May and October.
Fruit type:
Pale green ovoid capsule to 9 mm long, with numerous seeds.
Seed collecting:
Collect capsules that are maturing, drying and turning pale green with dark seeds inside. Keep an eye on the capsules as they can ripen and split open quickly.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and cover with paper to prevent seeds popping out and leave to dry for a week. Then rub the capsules gently  with your hands 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.