Plants of
South Australia
Dissocarpus fontinalis
Chenopodiaceae
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Botanical art

Kath Alcock painting: 1.

Etymology

Dissocarpus from the Greek dissos, double, and carpos, fruit; fontinalis meaning from fountains or springs.

Distribution and status

Mainly found through the stony plains bioregion in South Australia, Native, locally common
Herbarium regions: Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern
NRM region: South Australian Arid Lands
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Rounded perennial to 60 cm high; woolly branches and slender leaves. Flowers in dense woolly clusters. Fruits are fruit a persistent woody ball with irregularly shaped flattened or spine-like spikes protruding. Seed embryo type is peripheral

Seed collection and propagation

Collect mature fruits from the bush.

Seeds stored:
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LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
Number
of plants
Date
collected
Collection number
Collection location
Date
stored
% ViabilityStorage
temperature
BGA 
MSB
1,600 (297 g)
1,600 (297 g)
50+20-Sep-2016JRG444
Lake Eyre
1-Nov-2017100%-18°C
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.
Germination table:
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