Plants of
South Australia
Maireana ciliata
Chenopodiaceae
Hairy Bluebush
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Etymology

'Maireana', after the 19th century French botanist, Adolphe Lemaire and 'ciliata', meaning fringed with hairs.

Distribution and status

Found in open shrubland. Recorded in inland areas, mainly in the eastern half of the State. Native, common. Mostly recorded in South Australia but also found in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula
NRM regions: Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, South Australian Arid Lands
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Decumbent to erect perennial shrub up to 10 cm high, with a woody base. Branches slender and woolly, with alternate, silky leaves to 10 mm long. Flowers covered in long soft hairs, often congested into spikes. Flowering from April to November Fruits are perianths pentagonal in outline, approximately 3 mm diameter; horny and covered with soft silky hairs. Five prominent ribs extending to the margins of the wing. Seeds are ellipsoid to circular, convex brown seed Seed embryo type is peripheral

Seed collection and propagation

Collect seeds between April and November. 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.

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
9,200 (28.64 g)
9,200 (28.64 g)
25-Aug-2008DJD1104
Lake Eyre
1-Jan-201270%-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.