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.)
Distribution:
Endemic to South Australia and found only on Kangaroo island, growing on sandy lateritic and calcareous soils in sclerophyllous shrublands.
Status:
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, exceding 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:
Investing.
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.