Seeds of South Australia
Maireana eriantha (Chenopodiaceae)
Woolly Bluebush
List of species for Maireana
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Seed collecting:
July to September
Herbarium regions:
Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges
NRM region:
South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Olary Spur (FLB03)Flinders Lofty Block
 Data Deficient   [edge of range, isolated pops]
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Least Concern
Gawler Lakes (GAW03)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)   [gibber tablelands]
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04) 
 Least Concern
Kingoonya (GAW05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)
Roxby (GAW07) 
 Least Concern
Commonwealth Hill (GAW08) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Bimbowrie (BHC05)Broken Hill Complex
 Data Deficient   [edge of range, isolated pops]
Curnamona (BHC06) 
 Data Deficient   [edge of range, isolated pops]
Warriner (SSD04)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Near Threatened
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Least Concern
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Least Concern
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Least Concern
Peake-Dennison Inlier (STP04) 
 Least Concern
Witjira (STP06) 
 Least Concern
Baltana (STP07) 
 Least Concern
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Least Concern
Everard Block (CER03)Central Ranges
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
IBRA regions
DISPLAY ALL
2 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
, Data Deficient
5 of 8 subregionsGawlerLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 4 subregionsBroken Hill ComplexData Deficient
Warriner (SSD04)Simpson Strzelecki DunefieldsNear Threatened
6 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsLeast Concern
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel CountryLeast Concern
Everard Block (CER03)Central RangesRare
  (IUCN: RA d(ii))
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, and 'eriantha'  from Greek 'erio' meaning woolly and 'anthos' meaning flower. 
Distribution:
Found in open shrubland on stony or clay soils in the Arid Lands region. Mainly recorded from South Australia.
Status:
Native, common in South Australia, uncommon in Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.
Plant description:
Shrub to 0.5 m high with twisted branches. Leaves narrow, fleshy and densely silky. Flowers arranged in leafy spikes, from July to September. 
Fruit type:
Perianth covered with long woolly/silky hairs.
Seed type:
Ellipsoid to circular, 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.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
Number
of plants
Date
collected
Collection number
Collection location
Date
stored
% ViabilityStorage
temperature
BGA3200 (33.56 g)50+25-Sep-2008DJD1210
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.