Seeds of South Australia
Adenanthos macropodianus (Proteaceae)
Pink Gland-flower
List of species for Adenanthos
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Seed collecting:
January to December
Herbarium region:
Kangaroo Island
NRM region:
Kangaroo Island
IBRA region
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern   [roadworks & weeds on roadsides - threats; widespread]
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 Adenanthos]
Name derivation:
Adenanthos from the Greek 'aden' meaning a gland and 'anthos' meaning a flower, referring to the prominent nectaries at the base of the ovary. Macropodianus  from the Greek 'macros' meaning large and 'podos' meaning foot, referring to the flowers resembling the paws of a kangaroo (or may relate to the genus Macropus to which all terrestrial kangaroos belong),  referring to the fact that the species is  found only on Kangaroo Island.)
Endemic to South Australia and found only on Kangaroo island, growing on sandy lateritic and calcareous soils in sclerophyllous shrublands.
Native. Common in South Australia.
Plant description:
Prostrate to erect shrub to 3 m tall with erect hairy branchlets. Leaves densely clustered at branchlet tips and scattered below, to 17 mm long including the petiole, with persistent ash-white hairs. Inflorescences with 2 or 3, in groups with red-pink rarely yellow flowers, exceeding the surrounding leaves. Flowers throughout the year.
Fruit type:
Green cylindrical capsule surrounded by leaves.
Seed type:
Cylindrical greenish-brown seed to 6.5 mm long and 2.5 mm wide, with a ring of white hairs at one end.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect capsules that are large and inflated. Capsules are difficult to find as  they are hidden among the leaves.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for 1 to 2 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.