Seeds of South Australia
Baeckea crassifolia (Myrtaceae)
Desert Heath-myrtle
List of species for Baeckea
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Seed collecting:
November to January
Herbarium regions:
Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern   [widespread and stable]
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [in Newland Head and Cox Scrub]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D1+2)   [in Hale CP and possibly Warren CP; ~100 plants]
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Least Concern   (Probable Decline)   [Habitat degradation a threat]
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU C1)   (Probable Decline)   [Habitat degradation a threat]
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Least Concern
Talia (EYB04) 
 Least Concern
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Least Concern
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Least Concern
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Least Concern
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Least Concern
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Least Concern
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02) 
 Least Concern
IBRA regions
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3 of 4 subregionsNaracoorte Coastal PlainLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 2 subregionsKanmantooLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockRare
, Vulnerable
5 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
, Vulnerable
4 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 8 subregionsGawlerLeast 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 Baeckea]
Name derivation:
Baeckea named after Dr Abraham Baeck (1713-1795), a Swedish naturalist and physician. Crassifolia from the Latin 'crassus' meaning thick and 'folium' meaning a leaf; referring to the species short succulent fat leaves. 
Distribution:
Found in the southern part in South Australia, growing on dunes or sandplains in mallee. Also found in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Uncommon in New South Wales. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Erect shrub to 75 cm high. Leaves appressed to slightly spreading against the stem, linear to narrowly obovate, to 5 mm long and 1 mm wide, fat, apex obtuse. Flowers solitary in axils, white or pink to pale violet, to 8 mm across. Flowering between August and November.
Fruit type:
Woody fruit to 2 mm diameter, with 3 cells.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules, those that are turning brown, hard with non-open valves. Maturing fruits need to be observed as most will naturally release their seed.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for a week or two. This allows the valves on the fruit to open and release the seeds. Separate the seeds by placing all the materials into a bucket and shaking it to dislodge the seeds. Pass the material through a sieve to separate the unwanted material. The finer material will contain both seeds and frass usually distinguishable from each other. With finer sieves, the seeds can be separated from the frass but this is not essential for storage or propagation. 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.