Seeds of South Australia
Brachyloma ericoides ssp. ericoides (Epacridaceae)
Brush Heath
List of species for Brachyloma
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Seed collecting:
September to November
Herbarium regions:
Northern Lofty, Murray, Southern Lofty, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic Plain
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [(no records) T Horn has records; clearance an issue]
Glenelg Plain (NCP02)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Least Concern
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern
Fleurieu (KAN02)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Near Threatened
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Least Concern
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)   [edge of range]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Least Concern
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
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. Ericoides from Greek meaning heath-like; possibly referring to the resemblance to plants in the genus Erica.
Distribution:
Found in the southern part of South Australia, south of Nuriootpa, in scrub on sandy loams or sand over limestone. Also found in Victoria.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in Victoria.
Plant description:
Erect or spreading shrub to 90 cm high. Leaves linear, elliptic to obovate to 18 mm long and 1.6 mm wide both surfaces glabrous. Flowers pink, bell-shaped. Flowering between May and August.
Fruit type:
Yellowish globular fruit to 4.8 mm diameter, with a thin flesh and a woody seed.
Seed type:
Brown elliptic woody seed to 4 mm diameter, with ridges.
Embryo type:
Linear under-developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect the fruit that are maturing, starting to turn 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 viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 100%.
Seed germination:
This species is generally difficult to germinate, it has morphophysiological dormancy and complex germination requirements.