Seeds of South Australia
Calandrinia reticulata (Portulacaceae)
Mesh-seed Parakeelya
List of species for Calandrinia
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Seed collecting:
October to December
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Kingoonya (GAW05)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Commonwealth Hill (GAW08) 
 Near Threatened   [undercollected]
Maralinga (GVD03)Great Victoria Desert
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Kintore (GVD04) 
 Least Concern
Tallaringa (GVD05) 
 Near Threatened
Yellabinna (GVD06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Oodnadatta (STP02)Stony Plains
 Near Threatened
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Least Concern
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. Reticulata from the Latin 'reticulum' meaning a small net, referring to the texture of its seeds.
Found in the central and north-western part of South Australia growing on sandplains and low sandy rises, dunefields, and mulga-dominated sandy red earth plains. Also found in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other States.
Plant description:
Annual herb with branched basal stems and an erect flower stem to 30 cm high arising from separate leaf clusters. Leaves in clusters at each node, sessile, linear to linear-lanceolate,to 60 mm long and 5 mm wide. Inflorescence singular, large dark-pink to purple flower on a long stem. Flowering between August and October.
Fruit type:
Pale brown ovoid capsule to 8 mm long, with 3-valves, exceeding the usually long. spreading sepals
Seed type:
Shiny red-brown reniform-ovoid seed to 0.5 mm long and 0.4 mm wide, with a faint reticulate 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.