Seeds of South Australia
Leptomeria preissiana (Santalaceae)
Preiss Currant-bush
List of species for Leptomeria
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Seed collecting:
November to December
Herbarium region:
Eyre Peninsula
NRM region:
Eyre Peninsula
IBRA regions
Eyre Mallee (EYB05)Eyre Yorke Block
 Critically Endangered   (IUCN: CR D)   (Definite Decline)   [very small pop on granite outcrop, grazed by goats]
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02)Gawler
 Critically Endangered   (IUCN: CR D)   (Definite Decline)   [very small pop on granite outcrop, grazed by goats]
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 Leptomeria]
Name derivation:
Leptomeria from the Greek 'leptos' meaning slender and 'meros' meaning a part; alluding to the slender branchlets. Preissiana named after Johann August Ludwig Preiss (1811-1883), a German naturalist and plant collector in Western Australia.
Found in the northern Eyre Peninusla and the Grawler Ranges in South Australia, growing in granite cravices. Also found in Western Australia.
Native. Very rare in South Australia. Common in Western Australia.
Plant description:
Hemiparasitic, virgate shrub to 1 m high with rigid branches, often not spine-tipped, terete, shallowly but regularly longitudinally ridged, yellow-green, leaves only persisting briefly. Flowers in spike-like racemes dense at first, to 15 mm long, bracts enclosing each flower at first and often persisting during flowering, ovate-lanceolate, toothed especially towards the summit, perianth white, to 0.5 mm long, ovary to 1 mm long. Flowering between August and November.
Fruit type:
Yellow-green to purple, dry globular drupe.
Seed type:
Globular woody seed to 4 mm long and 3 mm wide.
Embryo type:
Linear under-developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature fruits, those that are fat and turning yellowish.
Seed cleaning:
Place the fruit in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks. No further cleaning is required if only the fruits were collected. 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 is generally difficult to germinate, it has morphophysiological dormancy and complex germination requirements.