Seeds of South Australia
Calandrinia polyandra (Portulacaceae)
Many-stamens Parakeelya (Parkilypa)
List of species for Calandrinia
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Seed collecting:
October to January
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Northern Flinders (FLB05)Flinders Lofty Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [check ID]
Commonwealth Hill (GAW08)Gawler
 Least Concern
Maralinga (GVD03)Great Victoria Desert
 Least Concern
Kintore (GVD04) 
 Least Concern
Tallaringa (GVD05) 
 Least Concern
Yellabinna (GVD06) 
 Least Concern
Nullarbor Plain (NUL02)Nullarbor
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Simpson Desert (SSD02)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Dieri (SSD03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Near Threatened
Macumba (STP05) 
 Near Threatened
Baltana (STP07) 
 Near Threatened
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Least Concern
Watarru (CER02) 
 Least Concern
IBRA regions
DISPLAY ALL
Northern Flinders (FLB05)Flinders Lofty BlockRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [check ID]
Commonwealth Hill (GAW08)GawlerLeast Concern
4 of 4 subregionsGreat Victoria DesertLeast Concern
Nullarbor Plain (NUL02)NullarborRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
2 of 4 subregionsSimpson Strzelecki DunefieldsRare
3 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsNear Threatened
2 of 3 subregionsCentral RangesLeast Concern
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. Polyandra from the Greek 'poly' meaning many and 'andros' meaning male; referring to its numerous stamens.
Distribution:
Found in the northern part of South Australia, growing on sand and loam in floodplains and stony plains. Also found in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Decumbent annual herb with erect flowering stems to 50 cm long. Leaves basal and on lower parts of flowering stems, sessile, linear to oblanceolate, to 8 cm long and 1 cm wide. Inflorescence a loose erect panicle with large dark-pink to purple flowers, sepals broad-ovate, persistent; petals 5, obovate, stamens numerous, stigmas 3. Flowering between August and November.
Fruit type:
Pale brown ovoid capsule to 6.5 mm long with 3-valves, just exceeding the usually spreading sepals.
Seed type:
Orange-brown reniform seed to 0.6 mm long and 0.5 mm wide, with a reticulated surface.
Embryo type:
Peripheral.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules, those that are turning a 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.