Seeds of South Australia
Basedowia tenerrima (Compositae)
Delicate Daisy
List of species for Basedowia
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Seed collecting:
August to November
Herbarium region:
North Western
NRM region:
Alinytjara Wilurara
IBRA region
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [restricted to higher slopes; endemic; buffel grass & fire - threats]
Everard Block (CER03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [restricted to higher slopes; endemic; buffel grass & fire - threats]
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 Basedowia]
Name derivation:
Basedowia named after Dr Herbert Basedow (1881-1933), anthropologist, geologist, explorer, medical practitioner and botanical collector in central Australia. Tenerrima from the Latin 'tenerrimus' meaning delicate or tender; alluding to the species habit.
Endemic to South Australia and found only in the north-west part of South Australia, growing among rocks in the Everard and Musgrave Ranges.
Native. Rare in South Australia.
Plant description:
Spreading annual daisy to 15 mm high with small, thin bright-green leaves and white rounded flower heads. Leaves are sparsely hairy and are partially wrapped around the thin stems to which they are attached. Inflorescent in clusters with white daisy flowers. Flowering between May and September.
Fruit type:
papery daisy head.
Seed type:
Tine, brown ellipsoid seed to 0.8 mm long and 0.4 mm wide.
Embryo type:
Spatulate fully developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect heads or whole plant that are drying off and turning brown.
Seed cleaning:
Place the heads in a tray for a week to dry. Then rub the heads gently with your hands to dislodge the seeds. Viable seeds will be long, fat and hard. 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.