Seeds of South Australia
Tetragonia moorei (Aizoaceae)
Warragul Cabbage
List of species for Tetragonia
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Seed collecting:
September to February
Herbarium regions:
Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Murray
NRM regions:
Eyre Peninsula, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
IBRA regions
Southern Flinders (FLB04)Flinders Lofty Block
 Data Deficient   [DD ]
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range; likes summer rain]
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range; rainfall dependent; likes shelter]
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)Riverina
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [western limit]
Torrens (GAW06) 
 Least Concern   [likes summer rain; grows around bores]
Bimbowrie (BHC05)Broken Hill Complex
 Data Deficient
Curnamona (BHC06) 
 Data Deficient
Dieri (SSD03)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Least Concern
Warriner (SSD04) 
 Least Concern   [likes summer rain; grows around bores]
Strzelecki Desert (SSD05) 
 Least Concern   [likes summer rain; grows around bores]
Murnpeowie (STP03)Stony Plains
 Least Concern   [likes summer rain; grows around bores]
Macumba (STP05) 
 Near Threatened   [likes summer rain; grows around bores; edge of range]
Witjira (STP06) 
 Near Threatened   [likes summer rain; grows around bores; edge of range]
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Least Concern   [likes summer rain; grows around bores]
Diamantina-Eyre (CHC04) 
 Least Concern   [likes summer rain; grows around bores]
Coongie (CHC06) 
 Least Concern   [likes summer rain; grows around bores]
Lake Pure (CHC07) 
 Least Concern   [likes summer rain; grows around bores]
IBRA regions
2 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockRare
, Data Deficient
2 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionRare
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)RiverinaRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i))
2 of 8 subregionsGawlerLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 4 subregionsBroken Hill ComplexData Deficient
3 of 4 subregionsSimpson Strzelecki DunefieldsLeast Concern
3 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
4 of 4 subregionsChannel CountryLeast Concern
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 Tetragonia]
Name derivation:
Tetragonia from the Greek 'tetra' meaning four and 'gonia' meaning angle; alluding to the 4-angled fruit of some species. Moorei named after C.W.E. Moore who recognised the distinctiveness of this species and whose ecological studies and abundant collections have enriched the Australian National Herbarium.
Found in the eastern side of South Australia, growing in a variety of habitats, sand dunes and swales, and on both light and heavy-textured soils from red sands to grey cracking clays, particularly in areas subject to periodic inundation. Also found in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Native. Common in South Australia. Uncommon in Victoria. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Succulent annual with slender taproot, erect, prostrate or decumbent with young shoots pubescent. Leaves narrow- to broad-ovate, elliptic or rhombic, to 10 cm long and 5 cm wide, petiolate. Flowers yellow-green, solitary in the axils. Flowering between September and November.
Fruit type:
Yellow black ovoid woody fruit with 2 claw-like projections.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect fruits that are maturing, turning black.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for at least a week. No further cleaning is required. 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%.
Seed germination:
This species has physical dormancy that needs to be overcome for the seed to germinate.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
1400 (267.92 g)
1400 (267.92 g)
Lake Eyre
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.