Seeds of South Australia
Calocephalus platycephalus (Compositae)
Flattened Beauty-heads
List of species for Calocephalus
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Seed collecting:
September to November
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Northern Flinders (FLB05)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Least Concern
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04)Gawler
 Least Concern   [southern limit, undercollected]
Kingoonya (GAW05) 
 Least Concern   [southern limit, undercollected]
Torrens (GAW06) 
 Least Concern
Roxby (GAW07) 
 Least Concern
Tallaringa (GVD05)Great Victoria Desert
 Least Concern
Dieri (SSD03)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Least Concern
Warriner (SSD04) 
 Least Concern
Strzelecki Desert (SSD05) 
 Least Concern
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Least Concern
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Least Concern
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Least Concern
Peake-Dennison Inlier (STP04) 
 Least Concern
Macumba (STP05) 
 Least Concern
Witjira (STP06) 
 Least Concern
Baltana (STP07) 
 Least Concern
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Least Concern
Diamantina-Eyre (CHC04) 
 Least Concern
Coongie (CHC06) 
 Least Concern
Lake Pure (CHC07) 
 Least Concern
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Least Concern
Watarru (CER02) 
 Least Concern
Everard Block (CER03) 
 Least Concern
Tieyon (FIN03)Finke
 Least Concern
Pedirka (FIN04) 
 Least Concern
IBRA regions
2 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
4 of 8 subregionsGawlerLeast Concern
Tallaringa (GVD05)Great Victoria DesertLeast Concern
3 of 4 subregionsSimpson Strzelecki DunefieldsLeast Concern
7 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsLeast Concern
4 of 4 subregionsChannel CountryLeast Concern
3 of 3 subregionsCentral RangesLeast Concern
2 of 2 subregionsFinkeLeast 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 Calocephalus]
Name derivation:
Calocephalus from the Greek 'kalos' meaning beautiful and 'kephale' meaning a head; referring to the colourful compound heads. Platycephalus from the Greek 'platys' meaning broad and 'kephale' meaning head; referring to the species flatten flower heads.
Found in the northern part in South Australia growing on sandy soil often in semi-saline areas. Also found in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
Native. Common in South Australia. Uncommon in Western Australia and New South Wales. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Annual herb with erect to ascending branches to 45 cm high with white-woolly hairs. Leaves alternate, linear to lanceolate, to 30 mm long and 2 mm wide, glabrous to hairy, apex blunt to sometimes pointy in upper leaves. Daisy head pale yellow, broadly depressed to depressed-ovoid or globular to 3 cm diameter. Flowers throughout the year but mainly in spring.
Fruit type:
Dense round pale yellow head.
Seed type:
Three-sided pale brown seed to 0.8 mm long and 0.4 mm wide with a tubercule surface.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect heads that are matured, pale yellow, a bit spongy and contain brown seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Place the heads in a tray for one to two week to dry. Then rub the heads gently with your hands to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate any unwanted material. Be careful as the seeds are very small. 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.
Seed germination:
Seeds are non-dormant, viable seed should germinate readily.