Seeds of South Australia
Calandrinia sphaerophylla (Portulacaceae)
Bead Purslane
List of species for Calandrinia
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Seed collecting:
October to December
Herbarium regions:
Nullarbor, Eyre Peninsula
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula
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. Sphaerophylla from the Greek 'sphaira' meaning a ball and 'phylla' meaning a leaf, referring to its globular succulent leaves.
Endemic to South Australia and known only from a few collections from the Nullarbor and the Eyre Peninsula.
Native. Very rare in South Australia.
Plant description:
Minute prostrate or erect annual herb to 2 cm high. Leaves basal and on flower stems; sessile, obovoid, to 5 mm long and 3 mm wide, fleshy, reddish colour. Inflorescence short loose panicles with small white to pale-pink flowers. Flowering between September and November. 
Fruit type:
Red-brown ovoid capsule to 2.5 mm long with 3-valves.ovoid, as long as the sepals or slightly longer.
Seed type:
Shiny dark brown to red-brown reniform-ovoid seed to 0.5 mm diameter, with a tuberculate surface.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules 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.