Seeds of South Australia
Atalaya hemiglauca (Sapindaceae)
Whitewood
List of species for Atalaya
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Seed collecting:
November to January
Herbarium regions:
Lake Eyre, Eastern
NRM region:
South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Simpson Desert (SSD02)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [lack of habitat]
Dieri (SSD03) 
 Near Threatened
Strzelecki Desert (SSD05) 
 Least Concern
Murnpeowie (STP03)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Witjira (STP06) 
 Least Concern
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Least Concern
Diamantina-Eyre (CHC04) 
 Least Concern
Coongie (CHC06) 
 Least Concern
Lake Pure (CHC07) 
 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 Atalaya]
Name derivation:
Atalya from 'atalay', the native name of Atalaya salicifolia in Timor. Hemiglauca from the Greek 'hemi' meaning half and 'glaucos' meaning silvery, bluish-green.
Distribution:
Found in the north-east corner of South Australia in sandy soils in open woodlands in arid areas. Also found Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in all other states.
Plant description:
Glaucous shrub or tree to 5m high, glabrous except for the flowers. Leaves either paripinnate with 2-6 pairs of leaflets which are linear to oblong, entire to 20cm long and 2cm wide, or with leaves simple, oblong to ovate to 20 cm long. Flowers white in large panicles. Samara pubescent 3-4 cm long including the wing.
Fruit type:
Winged capsule to 4cm long including the wing, 2-3 joined together at the base.
Seed type:
Dark-brown to red, globular seed to 5mm diameter.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules, those that are turning a pale straw colour and contain hard seed.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for two weeks. Then rub the capsules  by hand or with a rubber bung 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