Seeds of South Australia
Boerhavia dominii (Nyctaginaceae)
Tah-vine
List of species for Boerhavia
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Seed collecting:
April to July
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Olary Spur (FLB03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Least Concern   [tolerates disturbance; found in grasslands]
Braemer (MDD07) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)Riverina
 Least Concern   [tolerates disturbance; found in grasslands]
Torrens (GAW06)Gawler
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Roxby (GAW07) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Bimbowrie (BHC05)Broken Hill Complex
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Simpson Desert (SSD02)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Dieri (SSD03) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Warriner (SSD04) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Strzelecki Desert (SSD05) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Peake-Dennison Inlier (STP04) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Macumba (STP05) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Witjira (STP06) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Baltana (STP07) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Diamantina-Eyre (CHC04) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Coongie (CHC06) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Lake Pure (CHC07) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Everard Block (CER03) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Tieyon (FIN03)Finke
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
Pedirka (FIN04) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [weedy spp; comes up on roadsides; likes disturbance]
IBRA regions
DISPLAY ALL
6 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockRare
2 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Rare
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)RiverinaLeast Concern
  [tolerates disturbance; found in grasslands]
2 of 8 subregionsGawlerLeast Concern
Bimbowrie (BHC05)Broken Hill ComplexRare
  (IUCN: RA d(ii))
4 of 4 subregionsSimpson Strzelecki DunefieldsLeast Concern
7 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsLeast Concern
4 of 4 subregionsChannel CountryLeast Concern
2 of 3 subregionsCentral RangesLeast Concern
2 of 2 subregionsFinkeLeast 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 Boerhavia]
Name derivation:
Boerhavia named after Hermann Boerhaave (1668-1738), a professor of medicine, botany and chemistry at the University of Leiden. Dominii named after Domin, Karel (1882 - 1953), a Czech botanist and politician. He published a series of important works on Australian taxonomy  following his visit to Australia in 1909 as part of an expedition to Java and Australia.
Distribution:
Found across much of the eastern side of South Australia except in the South-east. Also found in all other mainland states.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Perennial herb with a woody tap root, prostrate or decumbent with stems to 1 m long either glabrous or covered in short hairs. Leaf blades lanceolate to broad-ovate, acute to emarginate, to 35mm long and 15 mm wide, hairy on both surfaces. Flowers pink, mauve or white appearing between December and May.
Fruit type:
Woody fruit covered in glandular-hairy and very sticky.
Seed type:
Brown woody ovoid seed to 5 mm long and 3 wide, with 5 ribs.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature fruits, those that are fat and hard.
Seed cleaning:
Place the fruits in a tray and leave to dry for 1-2 weeks. No further cleaning is required if only the fruits collected. If with other materials, use a sieve to separate any 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.