Seeds of South Australia
Spergularia marina (Caryophyllaceae)
Salt Sand-spurrey
List of species for Spergularia
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Seed collecting:
January to December
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic Plain
 Near Threatened
Northern Flinders (FLB05)Flinders Lofty Block
 Near Threatened   [in low-lying salty areas]
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [limited habitat; in low-lying salty areas]
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Data Deficient
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Near Threatened
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Near Threatened   [undercollected , weedy]
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)Riverina
 Near Threatened
Torrens (GAW06)Gawler
 Least Concern   [in low-lying salty areas]
Tallaringa (GVD05)Great Victoria Desert
 Near Threatened   [in low-lying salty areas]
Warriner (SSD04)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Near Threatened   [in low-lying salty areas]
Strzelecki Desert (SSD05) 
 Near Threatened   [in low-lying salty areas]
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Near Threatened   [in low-lying salty areas]
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Least Concern   [in low-lying salty areas]
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Least Concern   [in low-lying salty areas]
Peake-Dennison Inlier (STP04) 
 Near Threatened   [in low-lying salty areas]
Witjira (STP06) 
 Near Threatened   [in low-lying salty areas]
Baltana (STP07) 
 Least Concern   [in low-lying salty areas]
Everard Block (CER03)Central Ranges
 Near Threatened   [in low-lying salty areas]
IBRA regions
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic PlainNear Threatened
2 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockNear Threatened
, Rare
3 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionNear Threatened
, Data Deficient
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)RiverinaNear Threatened
Torrens (GAW06)GawlerLeast Concern
  [in low-lying salty areas]
Tallaringa (GVD05)Great Victoria DesertNear Threatened
  [in low-lying salty areas]
2 of 4 subregionsSimpson Strzelecki DunefieldsNear Threatened
6 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
Everard Block (CER03)Central RangesNear Threatened
  [in low-lying salty areas]
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 Spergularia]
Name derivation:
Spergularia is derived from the genus Spergula, first used by De l'Obel for Sagina spergula which is now known as Spergula amensis, and probably derived from the Latinisation of Spergel, the German name of this plant or from the Latin 'spargo' meaning sow or scatter; referring to the discharge of seeds. Marina means of the sea.
Found across much of South Australia, growing primarily in and around edges of salt marshes and other saline environments. Also found in all states.
Native. Common in South Australia. Uncommon in Northern Territory and Queensland. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Annual, biennial or perennial herb to 35 cm high. Leaves linear-lanceolate, acute or mucronulate, to 4 cm long and 1 mm wide, distinctly fleshy. Inflorescence a loose spike with pink or whitish flowers. Flowers throughout the year.
Fruit type:
Brown ovoid capsule to 6 mm long.
Seed type:
Brown reniform seeds to 0.7 mm long and 0.6 mm wide, covered with tubercules.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect capsules that are maturing, fat and turning brown and contain hard brown seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for two weeks. Then rub the capsules gently by hand or with a rubber bung to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Be very careful as the seeds are very small. Seeds should be hard and brown. 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 100%.