Seeds of South Australia
Kennedia prorepens (Leguminosae)
Running Violet
List of species for Kennedia
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Seed collecting:
October to December
Herbarium region:
North Western
NRM region:
Alinytjara Wilurara
IBRA regions
Kintore (GVD04)Great Victoria Desert
 Least Concern
Tallaringa (GVD05) 
 Data Deficient
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Least Concern
Watarru (CER02) 
 Least Concern
Everard Block (CER03) 
 Near Threatened   [edge of range ]
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 Kennedia]
Name derivation:
Kennedia named after Lewis Kennedy (1775-1818), a nurseryman at Hammersmith, near London. Prorepens means creeping; alluding to the species habit.
Distribution:
Found in the north-western part of South Australia, growing on red sand and gravelly soils. Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.
Status:
Native. Uncommon in South Australia. Uncommon in Queensland and Northern Territory. Common in Western Australia.
Plant description:
Many-stemmed, prostrate herb with semi-woody stem, somewhat pithy, to 0.5 m long, covered in hairs. Leaves with 3 leaflets, on petioles to 2 cm long, covered in short velvety hairs. Flowers violet or maroon-red, in whorl-like clusters of 1-4 along a long erect stalk. Flowering between August and October.
Fruit type:
Long brown pod to 40 mm long and 6 mm wide.
Seed type:
Brown with dark spots, reniform seed to 4 mm long.
Embryo type:
Bent.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature pods, those turning brown and contain dark hard seeds inside.
Seed cleaning:
Place the pods in a tray and cover with paper to prevent seeds popping out and leave to dry for a week. Then rub the pods 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.
Seed germination:
This species has physical dormancy that needs to be overcome for the seed to germinate (e.g. nicking or softening the seed coat).