'Maireana', after the 19th century French botanist, Adolphe Lemaire and 'carnosa', meaning fleshy.
Distribution and status
Recorded from the central northern area of the State, usually around salt lakes. Native; several records from South Australia but more commonly found in Western Australia. Also recorded in Northern Territory and less commonly in Queensland.
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Murray
NRM regions: Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Erect perennial shrub to 30 cm high; branches woody at the base. Fleshy leaves to 10 mm; long, woolly or silky to almost glabrous. Flowers densely woolly, spirally arranged in dense leafy spikes. Flowering August to October Fruits are fruiting perianth sessile; covered in wool, to 8 mm diameter. Narrow, horizontal wing, with a single radial split. Seeds are ellipsoid to circular, convex brown seed Seed embryo type is peripheral
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between August and October. Collect dry 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|
|BGA||4,000 (35.09 g)||30+||5-Oct-2010||DJD1943|