Seeds of South Australia
Neurada procumbens (Neuradaceae)
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List of species for Neurada
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Herbarium region:
Lake Eyre
NRM region:
South Australian Arid Lands
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Neurada]
Name derivation:
Neurada possible from the Greek 'neuron' meaning nerve, sinew and 'aden' meaning gland. Procumbens from Latin meaning to lie along the ground; referring to the species habit.
Distribution:
An introduced species native to North Africa, Mediterranean region, the Middle East to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and north-western India and recorded from the Simpson Desert in South Australia, growing on sand dunes. Also found in the Northern Territory.
Status:
Introduced. Uncommon in South Australia. Uncommon the Northern Territory.
Plant description:
Procumbent herb with densely hairy stems arising from a central tap root. Leaves blue-green, oval-shape, to 25 mm long and 15 mm wide. Inflorescence solitary in leaf axils with small cream, greenish or pinkish flower. 
Fruit type:
Woody hairy disc-shaped fruit with spines on the upper surface that becomes sharp when dried.