Seeds of South Australia
Anemocarpa podolepidium (Compositae)
Rock Everlasting
List of species for Anemocarpa
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Seed collecting:
August to December
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Olary Spur (FLB03)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern   [Goats a threat. Edge of range.]
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Least Concern   [grows on low table hills]
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Least Concern   [grows on low table hills]
Gawler Lakes (GAW03)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Torrens (GAW06) 
 Near Threatened   [edge of range]
Dieri (SSD03)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Near Threatened   [edge of range]
Warriner (SSD04) 
 Least Concern   [habitat specific]
Strzelecki Desert (SSD05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Least Concern
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Least Concern
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Least Concern
Macumba (STP05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Witjira (STP06) 
 Least Concern
Baltana (STP07) 
 Least Concern
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Least Concern
Diamantina-Eyre (CHC04) 
 Near Threatened   [edge of range]
Coongie (CHC06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [restricted, outlier]
Everard Block (CER03)Central Ranges
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Tieyon (FIN03)Finke
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
IBRA regions
3 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
3 of 8 subregionsGawlerNear Threatened
, Rare
3 of 4 subregionsSimpson Strzelecki DunefieldsLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Rare
6 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsLeast Concern
, Rare
3 of 4 subregionsChannel CountryLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Rare
Everard Block (CER03)Central RangesRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Tieyon (FIN03)FinkeRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
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 Anemocarpa]
Name derivation:
Anemocarpa from the Greek 'anema' meaning without a thread and 'carpos' meaning fruit; referring to the absence of hairs on the achenes. Podolepidium from the Greek 'podos' meaning a foot and 'lepis' meaning a scale.
Found in the north-western part in South Australia, growing in open low arid shrub communities on sandy sometimes rocky soil and on gibber plain often with underlying clay. Also found in the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Bushy perennial herb to 20 cm high and up to 30 cm with white-woolly branches. Leaves spathulate to 90 mm long and 25 mm wide, grey-green and felty. Rayless yellow daisy flower on a long stalk. Flowering between September and November.
Fruit type:
Large daisy head containing numerous seeds.
Seed type:
Oblong, pale brown achenes to 2 mm long and less than 0.5 mm wide with feathery pappus to 8 mm long.
Embryo type:
Spatulate fully developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect heads that are large, fat, drying off and turning brown.
Seed cleaning:
Place the heads in a tray for a week to dry. Then rub the heads gently with your hands to dislodge the seeds. Viable seeds will be long fat and hard. 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 very low, close to 0%. This maybe due to timing of seed collection (too early before seed is fully developed.
Seed germination:
Seeds are non-dormant, viable seed should germinate readily.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
BGANo viable seed220-Aug-2010KHB456
Flinders Ranges
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.