Seeds of South Australia
Tetratheca ciliata (Tremandraceae)
Pink Eyes
List of species for Tetratheca
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Seed collecting:
October to January
Herbarium region:
South Eastern
NRM region:
South East
IBRA regions
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic Plain
 Least Concern
Glenelg Plain (NCP02)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Least Concern
Lowan Mallee (MDD04)Murray Darling Depression
 Least 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 Tetratheca]
Name derivation:
Tetratheca from the Greek 'tetra' meaning four; and 'theke' meaning case; referring to the 4 anther-loculi, the anthers are often four-lobed or four-celled. Ciliata from the Latin 'cilium' meaning eye-lash; possibly referring to the ovary covered with dense short white hairs.
Distribution:
Found in the South-east in South Australia, growing in a variety of habitat. Also found in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Uncommon in Tasmania. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Slender shrub to 1 m high with stems glabrous and minutely tuberculate to densely hairy with erect hairs. Leaves alternate, opposite or in regular whorls of 3–5, narrow-elliptic to orbicular, to 20 mm long and 15 mm wide, acute or obtuse, margins flat to revolute, usually undulate, both surfaces glabrous or with a few fine, erect hairs particularly near margins. Inflorescences in group of 1–3 deep lilac-pink  or occasionally white bell-shaped flowers, sepals broad-ovate with upper part strongly reflexed, petals obovate, ovary velvety. Flowering between August and November.
Fruit type:
Brown broad ovoid capsule to 8 mm long.
Seed type:
Brown ovoid seed to 4 mm long and 2 mm wide, covered in long hairs and with a cream appendage.
Seed collecting:
Collect maturing capsules those that are fat, turning a pale brown and contain hard dark seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for a week. Then rub the dried capsules gently by hand to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. 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.