'Maireana', after the 19th century French botanist, Adolphe Lemaire, 'campanulata', meaning bell-shaped, pertaining to the fruit shape.
Distribution and status
Found on rocky slopes or well-drained, stony soils in the Flinders Ranges region and northern areas of the State. Native, also recorded in Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges
NRM regions: Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Small shrub to 60 cm high; branchlets with pale-fawn curled, shortly-branched hairs; leaves slender, 8-15 mm long, fleshy, glaucous and glabrous. Flowers solitary; bisexual, glabrous.
Fruits are fruiting perianth glabrous; tube cup-shaped and spongy; wing thin, horizontal; entire, very narrow, approximately 10 mm diameter with no radial slit. Fruits and flowers July to November. Seeds are seed ellipsoid - ovoid, convex brown seed Seed embryo type is peripheral
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between July and November. Collect dry, papery fruits. Check that they contain well-developed seeds before making a collection. Shake or strip fruits into a vessel. Remove twigs and other plant material.
|Location||No. of seeds|
|3,150 (19.22 g)|
3,150 (19.22 g)
|1,700 (38.89 g)|
1,700 (38.89 g)