Seeds of South Australia
Maireana cannonii (Chenopodiaceae)
Cannon's Bluebush
List of species for Maireana
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Seed collecting:
September to April
Herbarium regions:
Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula
NRM regions:
Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
St Vincent (EYB02)Eyre Yorke Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Gawler Lakes (GAW03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Murnpeowie (STP03)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range, restricted habitat gypseous]
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; 'cannonii' after 
Distribution:
Often recorded in clay or clay loam soils associated with flood plains, lakes or creeks. Recorded in the Flinders Ranges and Arid Lands regions of South Australia.
Status:
Native, locally common, endemic to South Australia.
Plant description:
Small shrub, with many woolly branches. Leaves opposite, sessile. Flowers densely pubescent. Flowers and fruits from September to April. 
Fruit type:
Perianth with dish shaped tube, simple horizontal circular shaped wing with a single radial slit. 
Seed type:
Ellipsoid to circular, brown, convex seed
Embryo type:
Peripheral
Seed collecting:
Collect dry 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.