Seeds of South Australia
Calandrinia balonensis (Portulacaceae)
Broad-leaved Parakeelya (Parkilypa)
List of species for Calandrinia
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Seed collecting:
July to January
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Torrens (GAW06)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   (Probable Decline)   [southern limit]
Kintore (GVD04)Great Victoria Desert
 Least Concern
Tallaringa (GVD05) 
 Least Concern
Strzelecki Desert (SSD05)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Near Threatened
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Near Threatened
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Near Threatened
Lake Pure (CHC07)Channel Country
 Near Threatened
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Least Concern
Watarru (CER02) 
 Near Threatened
Everard Block (CER03) 
 Near Threatened
Tieyon (FIN03)Finke
 Near Threatened
Pedirka (FIN04) 
 Near Threatened
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 Calandrinia]
Name derivation:
Calandrinia named after Jean-Louis Calandrini (1703-1758), a Swiss scientist, professor of mathematics and philosophy. Balonensis named after the Balonne River in Queensland, Australia where the type specimen was collected. 
Found in the northern part of South Australia growing in arid areas on sandy soils. Also found in all mainland States except in Victoria.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other States.
Plant description:
A prostrate to erect annual herb with succulent basal rosette of leaves that from a distance may not appear succulent. Leaves basal and on the flowering stems, alternate, linear to lanceolate to 10 cm long and 1 wide. Inflorescence numerous erect single flowers on a stalk to 30 cm high, bi-coloured petals, mainly pink-purple becoming bright yellow at the base. Flowering between May and November.
Fruit type:
Pale brown ovoid capsule to 9 mm long with 3-valves, the valves recurved at the apex.
Seed type:
Reddish-brown reniform-ovoid seed to 1.2 mm long and 1 mm wide, with a round tuberculate surface.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules, those that are turning a pale brown colour and contain dark seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for one to 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.