Seeds of South Australia
Bauera rubioides (Baueraceae)
Wiry Bauera
List of species for Bauera
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Seed collecting:
December to March
Herbarium regions:
Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island
IBRA regions
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [lives on water courses; needs fresh water; doesn't tolerate salinity]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Data Deficient   [small pop in hills; is regularly planted; question if native]
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 Bauera]
Name derivation:
Bauera named after Ferdinand Bauer (1760-1826), an Austrian botanical artists who accompanied Robert Brown and his brother Francis Bauer to Australia between 1758 and 1840. Rubioides means resembling the genus Rubia (from the Latin 'ruber' meaning red); possible alluding to the red stems and branches.
Distribution:
Found on Kangaroo Island and in the southern Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia, growing in damp heathland and heathy forests. Also found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Status:
Native. Rare in South Australia. Rare in Queensland. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Scrambling, wiry or tangled shrub to 2 m high, young stems hairy. Leaves in swirl, leaflets lanceolate, to 10 mm long and 5 mm wide, sometimes serrate or with a few teeth, hairy when young. Flowers to 20 mm wide, on fine, long hairy stalk to 3 cm long, with pink or white flower. Flowering between September to January.
Fruit type:
Brown capsule to 3 mm long and 5 mm wide, opening in 2 valves.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules, those that are turning a pale straw colour and contain hard seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for one weeks. Then rub the capsules gently 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.