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.
Found in the north-western part of South Australia, growing on red sand and gravelly soils. Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.
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:
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).