Seeds of South Australia
Brachyloma daphnoides (Epacridaceae)
Daphne Heath
List of species for Brachyloma
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Seed collecting:
November to December
Herbarium regions:
Murray, South Eastern
NRM regions:
South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Glenelg Plain (NCP02)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Data Deficient   [odd record, could be wrong]
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04)Murray Darling Depression
 Least Concern   [stronghold]
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
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 Brachyloma]
Name derivation:
Brachyloma from the Greek 'brachys' meaning short and 'loma' meaning a fringe or edge; alluding to the hairs or scales in the throat of the corolla tube. Daphnoides alludes to the Daphne-like scent of the flowers that is released at anthesis (during time of flowering).
Distribution:
Found in the South-east corner in South Australia, growing in dry heathland, mallee and heathy woodland or open-forest on sandy soils. Also found in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Status:
Native. Uncommon in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Erect shrub 1 m high with glabrous to hairy branches. Leaves ascending to spreading, ovate to obovate, to 11 mm long and 4.5 mm wide, glabrous, dull green to grey-green, lower surface usually slightly paler, apex obtuse. Inflorescence solitary towards the base of the current season's growth with white, sweet-scented tubular flowers. Flowering between August and October.
Fruit type:
Pale green to yellow slightly depressed globular fruit to 3 mm long and 4.2 mm wide, with a thin flesh and a woody seed
Seed type:
Brown woody semi-flattened globular seed with longitudinal ribs.
Embryo type:
Linear under-developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect the fruit that are maturing, starting to turn pale green or yellowish with a hard woody seed inside.
Seed cleaning:
Place the fruits in a bucket of water and rub the flesh off with your hands. Drain the water and wash again if required to remove all the flesh. Then spread the wet seeds on some paper towel and leave to dry. 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 is generally difficult to germinate, it has morphophysiological dormancy and complex germination requirements.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
Number
of plants
Date
collected
Collection number
Collection location
Date
stored
% ViabilityStorage
temperature
BGA 
MSB
942 (25.44 g)
1250 (33.5 g)
50+19-Jan-2005DJD 94
Southern Lofty
28-Mar-2006no record-18°C
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.