Seeds of South Australia
Ixodia achillaeoides ssp. achillaeoides (Compositae)
Coast Ixodia
List of species for Ixodia
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Seed collecting:
January to December
Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island
NRM regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island
IBRA regions
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Near Threatened   [widespread, esp after fire; coastal; could be LC]
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Least Concern   [Mainly found in the bottom end parks, eg Innes NP. More genetic testing needed, examine differences with hills ssp.]
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Least Concern
Talia (EYB04) 
 Least 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 Ixodia]
Name derivation:
Ixodia from the Greek 'ixodes' meaning sticky (from the Greek 'ixos' meaning mistletoe or birdlime); referring to the plant being sticky. Achillaeoides means resembling the genus Achillea (named after the Greek warrior Achilleios, who reputedly used plants from the genus to patch-up wounds). 
Distribution:
Endemic to South Australia and found on the bottom of the Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas and Kangaroo Island, growing on coastal cliffs and exposed coastal sand dunes.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia.
Plant description:
Compact shrub or undershrub to 80 cm high with stems ribbed and viscid. Leaves oblanceolate, to 35 mm long and 5 mm wide, leathery to succulent. Flowers through the year. This subspecies differ from the other two subspecies by having oblanceolate leaves (obovate for I. achillaeoides ssp. arenicola and linear to lanceolate for I. achillaeoides ssp. alata) and found on coastal cliffs and exposed coastal sand dunes on the bottom of the Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas and Kangaroo Island (coastal in the lower South-east for I. achillaeoides ssp. arenicola and mainly away from the coast  for I. achillaeoides ssp. alata).
Fruit type:
White to Greyish brown papery head.
Embryo type:
Spatulate.
Seed collecting:
Collect whole heads that are drying off and turning greyish brown or collect just the seeds by plucking it off with your fingers. Mature seeds are easily removed.
Seed cleaning:
Place the heads in a tray for a week to dry. Then pluck the seeds from the head with your finders. Viable seeds will be fat and brown. 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.