Seeds of South Australia
Abutilon fraseri ssp. diplotrichum (Malvaceae)
Dwarf Lantern-bush
List of species for Abutilon
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Seed collecting:
October to December
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Murray
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
IBRA regions
Olary Spur (FLB03)Flinders Lofty Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Least Concern
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Least Concern
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D1+2)
Braemer (MDD07) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Gawler Lakes (GAW03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Roxby (GAW07) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [outlier; limited habitat]
Barrier Range (BHC01)Broken Hill Complex
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Barrier Range Outwash (BHC04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Bimbowrie (BHC05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Oodnadatta (STP02)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
IBRA regions
4 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionRare
, Vulnerable
5 of 8 subregionsGawlerRare
3 of 4 subregionsBroken Hill ComplexRare
2 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsRare
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 Abutilon]
Name derivation:
Abutilon from the Arabic 'aubutilun' used for mallow-like plant and quoted by the Arabian physician Avicenna as belonging to this or some allied genus. Fraseri named after Charles Fraser (1788-1831), a Scottish-born plant collector who was appointed first Colonial Botanist and Superintendent of the Botanic Gardens of New South Wales. Diplotrichum from the Greek 'diploys' meaning two and 'trichos' meaning hairs; referring to the multicellular hairs towards the outer apex of the fruits and mericarps.
Found in the  eastern central part of South Australia, growing on rocky slopes or outcrops. Also found in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Native. Uncommon in South Australia. Very rare in Victoria. Rare in Queensland and New South Wales.
Plant description:
Upright or spreading perennial shrub to 100 cm tall, covered in velvety hairs. Leaves ovate, to 7 cm long and 4 cm wide. Flowers solitary or in groups with large yellow flowers. This subspecies differ from the other subspecies found in South Australia, Abultion fraseri ssp. fraseri which have densely tomentose hairs all over the exposed portions of the fruits and mericarps. Flowers in spring.
Fruit type:
Brown transversely rectangular capsule to 8.5 mm diameter with up to 10 angles, glabrous or sparsely pilose with simple multicellular hairs.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules, those that are turning pale straw colour and contain dark hard seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for two 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.
Seed germination:
This species has physical dormancy that needs to be overcome for the seed to germinate (e.g. nicking or softening the seed coat).