Seeds of South Australia
Lasiopetalum behrii (Sterculiaceae)
Pink Velvet-bush
List of species for Lasiopetalum
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Seed collecting:
October to December
Herbarium regions:
Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Lucindale (NCP03)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [localised; edge of range]
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern   [missing AD records]
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern   [undercollected; usually coastal, on limestone; quite common]
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [Newland Head & Monarto; undercollected]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   (Probable Decline)   [population sizes too small to be viable]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Olary Spur (FLB03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Least Concern
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Least Concern
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Least Concern
Talia (EYB04) 
 Least Concern
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Least Concern
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Near Threatened
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Least Concern
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   (Probable Decline)   [edge of range]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Least Concern
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [missing AD records]
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Yellabinna (GVD06)Great Victoria Desert
 Near Threatened
Yalata (NUL03)Nullarbor
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
IBRA regions
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2 of 4 subregionsNaracoorte Coastal PlainLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 2 subregionsKanmantooLeast Concern
, Rare
5 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
, Rare
, Vulnerable
5 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
, Rare
5 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Rare
2 of 8 subregionsGawlerRare
Yellabinna (GVD06)Great Victoria DesertNear Threatened
Yalata (NUL03)NullarborRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
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 Lasiopetalum]
Name derivation:
Lasiopetalum from the Greek 'lasios' meaning hairy or shaggy and 'petalon' meaning petal; alluding to the hairy calyx. Behrii named after Hermann H. Behr (1818-1904), a German-American doctor, entomologist and botanist, who collected in South Australia.
Distribution:
Found in the southern part of South Australia, growing in mallee. Also found in  Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Western Australia and New South Wales. Common in Victoria.
Plant description:
Shrub to 1.5 m high. Leaves lanceolate, narrowly oblong, narrowly elliptic or rarely ovate, to 9 cm long and 3 cm wide, becoming glabrous above, densely, hairy beneath, margins flat or recurved. Inflorescence in clusters with 2–8 white to pink flowers. Flowering between July and October.
Fruit type:
Hairy brown capsule to 8 mm diameter.
Embryo type:
Spatulate.
Seed collecting:
Collect capsules when they are brown and beginning to dry. Rub the fruits to check that the dark seeds are present. Look out for holes in the fruits as this is an indication that the seed has been predated.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for two weeks. Then rub the capsules gently by hand 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 viability:
Seed predation can be high and seed viability can be low.