Seeds of South Australia
Sclerolaena articulata (Chenopodiaceae)
Jointed Poverty-bush
List of species for Sclerolaena
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Seed collecting:
August to September
Herbarium regions:
Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges, Eastern
NRM region:
South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Olary Spur (FLB03)Flinders Lofty Block
 Data Deficient
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Braemer (MDD07)Murray Darling Depression
 Data Deficient
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Witjira (STP06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Baltana (STP07) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Coongie (CHC06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(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 Sclerolaena]
SA Flora:
Flora of South Australia Edition 5
Name derivation:
'Sclerolaena' from the Greek skleros, meaning hard; and chlaina, meaning covering; referring to the hard fruiting perianth covering the seed. 
Native with few records from South Australia
Plant description:
Small rounded shrub to 0.4 m high, glabrous except for the woolly-pilose leaf axils. Slender leaves, 5-15 mm long. Fruiting perianth hard, erect and appressed to the branch; attachment very oblique.
Fruit type:
Hard fruiting perianth with 3 spines, spreading or recurved, slender, 2.5-5 mm long. 
Seed type:
Ellipsoid to circular, brown, convex seed
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect fruits when mature, check that well developed seed is present by dissecting some fruits before making a collection. Use gloves to protect from the spines. Shake or strip fruits into a vessel. 
Seed cleaning:
Separate fruit from other plant material using a sieve.