Seeds of South Australia
Alyogyne pinoniana (Malvaceae)
Sand Hibiscus (Ngalyinpi)
List of species for Alyogyne
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Seed collecting:
September to March
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Flinders Ranges
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Maralinga (GVD03)Great Victoria Desert
 Least Concern
Kintore (GVD04) 
 Least Concern   [fire responsive]
Tallaringa (GVD05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Yellabinna (GVD06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Witjira (STP06)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [outlier]
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Least Concern   [fire responsive]
Watarru (CER02) 
 Least Concern   [fire responsive]
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 Alyogyne]
Name derivation:
Alyogyne from the Greek 'alytos' meaning undivided and 'gyne' meaning woman, referring to the undivided style. Pinoniana (unknown meaning).
Found in the western part of South Australia growing on sand dunes and sandy plains. Also found in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other States.
Plant description:
Erect shrub to 3 m high covered in dense hairs. Leaves grey, hairy, orbicular, to 7 cm long and 4 cm wide with 3-5-lobes and margins crenate. Inflorescence large solitary pink to mauve with a deep maroon to purple centre flower. Flowering between June and January.
Fruit type:
Hairy brown papery globular to ellipsoid capsule containing numerous hairy seeds.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect capsules that are drying off and starting to turn brown. The seed inside should be brown and hard.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules into a tray and leave to dry for a week. Then rub the capsules by hand to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve 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.
Seed germination:
This species has physical dormancy that needs to be overcome for the seed to germinate (e.g. nicking or softening the seed coat).