Seeds of South Australia
Calytrix alpestris (Myrtaceae)
Snow Myrtle
List of species for Calytrix
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Seed collecting:
December to March
Herbarium regions:
Murray, South Eastern
NRM regions:
South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Glenelg Plain (NCP02) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [edge of range]
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Least Concern
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Least Concern   [stronghold]
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
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 Calytrix]
Name derivation:
Calytrix from the Greek 'kalyx' meaning calyx and 'thrix' meaning hair; referring to the awns on the sepals. Alpestris from Latin meaning of high mountain, but the reason for this naming is unclear.
Distribution:
Found in the South-east in South Australia, growing in heath or heathy woodland on sandy soils. Also found in Victoria.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in Victoria.
Plant description:
Erect spreading shrub to 2.5 m high with hairy branches, often arching. Leaves linear to narrowly ovate or narrowly lanceolate,to 5 mm long and 0.5 mm wide, thick, crowded, mostly perpendicular to branches, usually with scattered, stiff hairs. Inflorescence in clusters in upper leaf axis with white sometimes pink flowers. Flowering between September and January.
Fruit type:
Brown fruit with persistent calyx and no awn.
Embryo type:
Spatulate fully developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect heads by hand when they are brown and slightly fat at the base. This should contain small hard seed.
Seed cleaning:
No cleaning is required if only the fruits were collected. If collected with other material, 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.