Seeds of South Australia
Maireana microcarpa (Chenopodiaceae)
Small-fruit Bluebush
List of species for Maireana
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Seed collecting:
May to November
Herbarium regions:
Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula
NRM regions:
Eyre Peninsula, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Southern Flinders (FLB04)Flinders Lofty Block
 Near Threatened
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Eyre Mallee (EYB05)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [claypan spp.]
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range; associated with river]
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [claypan spp.]
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [claypan spp.]
Kingoonya (GAW05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [claypan spp.]
Torrens (GAW06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Roxby (GAW07) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Dieri (SSD03)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Near Threatened   [undercollected]
Warriner (SSD04) 
 Near Threatened
Strzelecki Desert (SSD05) 
 Near Threatened
Oodnadatta (STP02)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [western edge of range]
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Least Concern
Macumba (STP05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [western edge of range]
Witjira (STP06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Baltana (STP07) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Least Concern
Diamantina-Eyre (CHC04) 
 Least Concern
Coongie (CHC06) 
 Least Concern
Lake Pure (CHC07) 
 Near Threatened
IBRA regions
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2 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockNear Threatened
, Rare
Eyre Mallee (EYB05)Eyre Yorke BlockRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [claypan spp.]
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03)Murray Darling DepressionRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range; associated with river]
5 of 8 subregionsGawlerRare
3 of 4 subregionsSimpson Strzelecki DunefieldsNear Threatened
5 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsLeast Concern
, Rare
4 of 4 subregionsChannel CountryLeast Concern
, 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; 'microcarpa' meaning small fruited. 
Distribution:
Found in low lying seasonally water logged areas. Mainly recorded to the north and north east of Eyre Peninsula
Status:
Native, common in South Australia and New South Wales, less common in Northern Territory and Queensland.
Plant description:
Weak shrub to 40 cm high with slender branches, white-woolly when young. Leaves alternate, obovoid,  fleshy, glabrous. Flowers and fruits from May to November.
Fruit type:
Fruiting perianth glabrous, dark- rarely pale-brown on the wing; tube shortly cup-shaped, 1.5 mm high, c. 2 mm diameter.  Simple, horizontal wing with a single radial slit.
Seed type:
Ellipsoid to circular brown convex seed.
Embryo type:
Peripheral
Seed collecting:
Collect seeds when fruits are brown and papery. Check inside several fruits for the presence of well developed seed before making a collection. Strip or shake fruiting branches into a container.
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
BGA2000 (7.3 g)5020-May-2007RJB71997
Gairdner-Torrens
19-Sep-200860%-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.