Seeds of South Australia
Dodonaea petiolaris (Sapindaceae)
Balloon Hop-bush
List of species for Dodonaea
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Seed collecting:
September to October
Herbarium region:
Lake Eyre
NRM region:
South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA region
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [new spp for SA; limited habitat around Cordillo Downs]
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 Dodonaea]
Name derivation:
Dodonaea named after Rembert Dodoens (1517-1585), a Flemish physician and botanist, also known under his Latinized name Rembertus Dodonaeus. Petiolaris from Latin meaning petiolate; alluding to the petiolate; alluding to the long petiolate (stalked) on the leaves.
Distribution:
Found in the far north-east corner of South Australia, growing on the lower sections of the rocky slopes of mesa hills. Also found in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
Status:
Native. Rare in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Erect branching shrub to 2 m high with sticky simple, broad-lanceolate to ovate leaves to 60 mm long and 25 mm wide.
Fruit type:
Maroon balloon-like three-winged fruit.
Embryo type:
Folded.
Seed collecting:
Collect winged capsules that contain hard black seeds, usually when capsule is large and turning red or brown.
Seed cleaning:
Place capsules in a tray to dry for 1 to 2 weeks. Then rub the capsules 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.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was average, at 70%.
Seed germination:
This species has physiological dormancy that needs to be overcome for the seed to germinate (e.g. nicking the seed coat).
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
Number
of plants
Date
collected
Collection number
Collection location
Date
stored
% ViabilityStorage
temperature
BGA860 (21.01 g)30-4026-Sep-2008DJD1213
Lake Eyre
20-Jul-2009100%-18°C
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.