Seeds of South Australia
Ptilotus clementii (Amaranthaceae)
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Seed collecting:
January to December
Herbarium region:
North Western
NRM region:
Alinytjara Wilurara
IBRA region
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range in SA, northern spp]
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 Ptilotus]
SA Flora:
Flora of South Australia Edition 5
Name derivation:
Ptilotus from the Greek 'ptilotos' meaning feathered or winged; referring to the hairy flowers. Clementii named after Emile Louis Bruno Clement (1844–1928), a prominent collector of ethnographic artefacts and natural history specimens from northwest Australia and the collector of the type specimen from Western Australia, between the Ashburton and De Grey Rivers in 1897.
Found in the far north-west corner of South Australia, growing on sands, loams or clays, on stony hills or limestone ridges, in low open woodland or Triodia grasslands. Also found in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.
Native. Rare in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Erect herbs to 75 cm high with stems and leaves densely hairy, hairs persisting with age. Leaves obovate, elliptic or narrowly elliptic, to 80 mm long and 14 mm wide. Inflorescences terminal, hemispherical, ovoid, globose or shortly cylindrical, to 8 cm long, with  80 green, greenish-white or yellowish-green, apices purple flowers covered in dense hairs. Flowers most months of the year.
Fruit type:
Globular or cylindrical head containing numerous long papery and hairy fruits, each containing one seed.
Seed type:
Brown reniform seed.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Be very careful when collecting this species as the fruits contain fine hairs that may cause an allergic reaction for some people. Collect the fruit heads when dried to a pale straw colour. Each fruit should come off the head easily when fingers are rubbed up the stem. Collect more fruits than required as not all fruits will have a viable seed.
Seed cleaning:
Be very careful when cleaning this species as the fruits contain fine hairs that may cause an allergic reaction for some people. To clean, rub the fruit heads gently to dislodge the seed at the base of each fruit. 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 germination:
Seeds are non-dormant, viable seed should germinate readily.