Seeds of South Australia
Calandrinia brevipedata (Portulacaceae)
Short-stalked Purslane
List of species for Calandrinia
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Seed collecting:
October to January
Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, South East
IBRA regions
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern   [ephemeral; fluctuates; undercollected]
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [fire ephemeral; fluctuates; occasionally seen on dunes around Waitpinga]
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   [bushfire stimulated]
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [responds to fire, should be more records]
Talia (EYB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [responds to fire, should be more records]
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [responds to fire, should be more records]
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [comes up after fire]
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. Brevipedata from the Latin 'brevis' meaning short and 'pedatum' meaning like a foot; Unsure what this is referring to.
Found scattered on Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, southern Mount Lofty Ranges and the South-east of South Australia, growing on coastal sand dunes. Also found in Western Australia.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in Western Australia.
Plant description:
Ground hugging or sprawling fleshy annual herb with flowering stalk to 30 cm long. Leaves basal and on  the flower stems, alternate, oblanceolate, stalk-less to 40 mm long and 5 mm wide, reddish when exposed to the sun, or green when growing protected under shrubs. Inflorescence an open spike with white to pale pink flowers scattered along the stem. Flowering between August and November.
Fruit type:
Pale brown oblong-cylindrical capsule to 5 mm long with 3-valves opening at the apex, releasing numerous seeds.
Seed type:
Shiny black reniform-ovoid seed to 1.1 mm long and 1 mm wide, with a smooth surface.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules, those that are turning a red-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.