Seeds of South Australia
Maireana campanulata (Chenopodiaceae)
Bell-fruit Bluebush
List of species for Maireana
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Seed collecting:
July to November
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Northern Flinders (FLB05)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Least Concern
Kingoonya (GAW05)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Maralinga (GVD03)Great Victoria Desert
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Tallaringa (GVD05) 
 Near Threatened
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Least Concern
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Near Threatened
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Near Threatened   [edge of range]
Witjira (STP06) 
 Near Threatened
Baltana (STP07) 
 Near Threatened
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Least Concern
Pedirka (FIN04)Finke
 Near Threatened
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 Maireana]
SA Flora:
Flora of South Australia Edition 5
Name derivation:
'Maireana' after the 19th century Belgium botanist Adolphe Lemaire, 'campanulata' meaning bell shaped pertaining to the fruit shape.
Distribution:
Found on rocky slopes or well drained, stony soils in the Flinders Ranges region and northern areas of the state.
Status:
Native, also recorded in Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
Plant description:
Small shrub to 60 cm high; branchlets with pale-fawn curled shortly branched hairs; leaves slender, 8-15 mm long, fleshy, glaucous, glabrous. Flowers solitary, bisexual, glabrous. 
 
Fruit type:
Fruiting perianth glabrous; tube cup-shaped and spongy; wing thin, horizontal, entire, very narrow, approximately 10 mm diameter, no radial slit. Fruits and flowers July to November.
Seed type:
Seed ellipsoid - ovoid, convex brown seed
Embryo type:
Peripheral
Seed collecting:
Collect dry, papery fruits, check that they contain well developed seeds before making a collection. Shake or strip fruits into a vessel.
Seed cleaning:
Remove twigs and other plant material.
Seed viability:
 
Seed germination:
 
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
Number
of plants
Date
collected
Collection number
Collection location
Date
stored
% ViabilityStorage
temperature
BGA 
MSB
3150 (19.22 g)
3150 (19.22 g)
100+29-Aug-2008DJD1156
Lake Eyre
20-Jul-200995%-18°C
BGA 
MSB
1700 (38.9 g)
1700 (38.9 g)
26-Aug-2008DJD1110
Lake Eyre
20-Jul-200980%-18°C
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.