Seeds of South Australia
Sebaea albidiflora (Gentianaceae)
White Sebaea
List of species for Sebaea
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Seed collecting:
September to December
Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South East
IBRA regions
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic Plain
 Near Threatened   [undercollected]
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern
Glenelg Plain (NCP02) 
 Near Threatened
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Least Concern
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [more common after fire]
Talia (EYB04) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   (Probable Decline)   [excess salinity a threat]
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 Sebaea]
Name derivation:
Sebaea named after Albertus Seba (1665-1736), a Dutch apothecary and botanist. Albidiflora from the Latin 'albidus" meaning whitish and 'florus' meaning flower; referring to the species white flower.  
Found on the southern Eyre peninsula, southern York Peninsula and the South-east in South Australia, growing in and near saltmarsh communities along the coast and on saline ground prone to flooding away from the coast. Also found in Victoria and Tasmania.
Native. Uncommon in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Erect annual herb to 20 cm high with simple or few branching stems. Leaves ovate to orbicular, to 10 mm long and wide, the lower ones vestigial. Inflorescence in dense terminal clusters, each flower more or less sessile in the axils of paired, leaf-like bracts, with white flowers. Flowering between September to November.
Fruit type:
Brown ovoid capsule to 5 mm long.
Seed type:
Small diamond-shaped seed to 0.5 mm long and 0.3 mm wide, with deep wrinkles and mesh-like surface.
Embryo type:
Spatulate under-developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules as they dry off and turn brown. They should contain hard brown seeds inside.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray for a week. Then rub the capsules with your fingers to dislodge all the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Be careful as the seeds are very small. 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 viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 85%.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
BGA10000 (0.29 g)50+1-Oct-2007RJB74468
South Eastern
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.