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
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
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.
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.
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 the flower 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:
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.