Seeds of South Australia
Bonamia erecta (Convolvulaceae)
Erect Bonamia
List of species for Bonamia
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Seed collecting:
September to December
Herbarium region:
North Western
NRM region:
Alinytjara Wilurara
IBRA regions
Kintore (GVD04)Great Victoria Desert
 Least Concern
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Least Concern
Watarru (CER02) 
 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 Bonamia]
SA Flora:
Flora of South Australia Edition 5
Name derivation:
Bonamia named after Francois Bonami (1710-1786), a French physician and botanist. Erecta meaning erect or upright; referring to its habit.
Distribution:
Found in the north-west corner of South Australia in hummock grassland on red and yellow sand plains and dunes. Also found in Western Australia and Northern Territory.
Status:
Native. Uncommon in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Shrub with erect and ascending stems to 60 cm. Leaves oblong-elliptic, to 15 mm long and 11 mm wide with base rounded, covered in hairs. Inflorescence axillary, cymose bearing 1, occasionally 2–3 white trumpet-shaped flowers. Flowering in winter.
Fruit type:
Brown papery capsule containing a number of seeds.
Seed type:
Orange brown segmented seed to 2.5 mm long and 1.5 mm wide, smooth and with 2 flat side and 1 curved side.
Embryo type:
Folded.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules that are drying off, turning pale brown with hard, dark seeds inside.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for 1-2 weeks. Then rub the dried capsules with a rubber bung to dislodge the seeds. 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.
Seed germination:
This species has physical dormancy that needs to be overcome for the seed to germinate.