Plants of
South Australia
Boerhavia dominii
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Boerhavia named after Hermann Boerhaave (1668-1738), a professor of medicine, botany and chemistry at the University of Leiden. Dominii named after Domin, Karel (1882 - 1953), a Czech botanist and politician who published a series of important works on Australian taxonomy, following his visit to Australia in 1909 as part of an expedition to Java and Australia.

Distribution and status

Found across much of the eastern side of South Australia except in the South-east. Also found in all other mainland States. Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other States.
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Perennial herb with a woody tap root, prostrate or decumbent with stems to 1 m long, either glabrous or covered in short hairs. Leaf blades lanceolate to broad-ovate, acute to emarginate to 35mm long and 15 mm wide; hairy on both surfaces. Flowers pink, mauve or white appearing between December and May. Fruits are woody fruit covered in glandular-hairs and very sticky. Seeds are brown woody ovoid seed to 5 mm long and 3 wide, with 5 ribs.

Seed collection and propagation

Collect seeds between April and July. Collect mature fruits, those that are fat and hard. Place the fruits in a tray and leave to dry for 1-2 weeks. No further cleaning is required if only the fruits are collected. If with other materials, use a sieve to separate any 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.

Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage

4,300 (14.4 g)
Flinders Ranges
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.