Seeds of South Australia
Micrantheum demissum (Euphorbiaceae)
Dwarf Micrantheum
List of species for Micrantheum
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Seed collecting:
August to November
Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island
IBRA regions
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [around Nangkita]
Eyre Hills (EYB03)Eyre Yorke Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   (Probable Decline)   [loss of habitat]
Talia (EYB04) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   (Probable Decline)   [loss of habitat]
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 Micrantheum]
Name derivation:
Micrantheum from the Greek 'mikros' meaning small and 'anthos' meaning flower. Demissum from the Latin 'demissus' meaning humble, low-lying or drooping; possible referring to the species dwarf habit.
Distribution:
Endemic to South Australia and found on the southern Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and the southern Mount Lofty Ranges, growing in drier woodlands or heathlands. 
Status:
Native. Rare in South Australia.
Plant description:
Dwarf dense shrubs 30 cm tall, with slender hairy stems. Leaves on very short stalk, arranged in 3's (rarely in 4's or 5's), lanceolate to ovate, to 8 mm long and 3.5 mm wide, flat, smooth above, margins thickened with stiff long and short white hairs. Inflorescence axillary with small pale pink flowers. Flowering between April and October.
Fruit type:
Red ovoid capsule to 7 mm long with 2-cells, each with 1 seed, glabrous.
Embryo type:
Spatulate fully developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect individual capsule by hand, those that are fat, red and contain dark, hard seed.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks. Then gently rub the capsules with a rubber bung to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieves 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.