Seeds of South Australia
Muehlenbeckia adpressa (Polygonaceae)
Native Sarsparilla
List of species for Muehlenbeckia
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Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern
Glenelg Plain (NCP02) 
 Near Threatened
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Least Concern
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern   [comes up after fire]
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Least Concern   [comes up after fire]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Near Threatened   [comes up after fire]
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Least Concern   (Probable Decline)
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Definite Decline)
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Least Concern
Talia (EYB04) 
 Least Concern
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Least Concern
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   (Probable Decline)   [edge of range]
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Least Concern
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02)Gawler
 Least Concern
Yellabinna (GVD06)Great Victoria Desert
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
IBRA regions
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4 of 4 subregionsNaracoorte Coastal PlainLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
2 of 2 subregionsKanmantooLeast Concern
2 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockNear Threatened
, Rare
5 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
, Vulnerable
2 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Rare
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02)GawlerLeast Concern
Yellabinna (GVD06)Great Victoria DesertRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,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 Muehlenbeckia]
Name derivation:
Muehlenbeckia named after Henri Gustav Muehlenbeck (1798-1845), an Alsatian physician and botanist, who investigated the flora of Alsace.
Distribution:
Found in the southern part of South Australia, from Eyre Peninsula to the southeast, growing along the coast, behind beaches and on cliff-tops. Also found in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. rare in New South Wales. common in the other states.
Plant description:
Prostrate or twining low shrub, with slender stems to 1 m long, red-brown, winged or striate. Leaves to 6 cm long and 35 mm wide, semicircular to oblong-ovate, glabrous, margins mostly crisped. Inflorescences spread evenly along branches. Flowers somewhat fleshy, green-yellow.
Embryo type:
Peripheral.
Seed collecting:
Collect ripping fruits containing a hard seed.
Seed cleaning:
Place fruits in a bucket of water and leave to soak overnight. Then rub the fruit to remove the flesh. Rub and change the water a few times until all the fresh are removed. Leave the cleaned seed to dry and then store with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
Seed germination:
Seeds are non-dormant, viable seed should germinate readily.