Seeds of South Australia
Ixodia flindersica (Compositae)
Flinders Ranges Ixodia
List of species for Ixodia
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Seed collecting:
January to June
Herbarium region:
Flinders Ranges
NRM region:
South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA region
Northern Flinders (FLB05)Flinders Lofty Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   [endemic only in northern Flinders; should be rated at State level; in rock crevices]
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. Flindersica named after the Flinders Ranges and refers to the restricted distribution of this species in the northern Flinders Ranges.
Distribution:
Endemic to South Australia and found only in the northern Flinders Ranges and the Gammon Ranges, growing in rock fissures on the high slopes of the sandstone peaks and ridges and in rocky creekbeds which flow out of the Gammon and Freeling Heights.
Status:
Native. Rare in South Australia.
Plant description:
Shrub to 40 cm high with ascending, glabrous stems. Leaves closely alternate on younger branches, absent from older branches, sessile, linear to narrowly-rhombic or elliptic, to 25 mm long and 4.0 mm wide, dark green and shiny above, pale below, viscid, apex acute, margins entire, flat. Inflorescence in clusters at terminal of short stalk with white papery daisy flowers. Flowering between November and April.
Fruit type:
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.