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 unsure of meaning.
Distribution:
Found in the western part of South Australia, growing on sand dunes and sandy plains. Also found in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Status:
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:
Folded.
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).