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.
Distribution:
Found in the northern Eyre Peninusla and the Grawler Ranges in South Australia, growing in granite cravices. Also found in Western Australia.
Status:
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.