'Maireana', after the 19th century French botanist, Adolphe Lemaire and 'eriantha', from Greek 'erio', meaning woolly and 'anthos', meaning flower.
Distribution and status
Found in open shrubland on stony or clay soils in the Arid Lands region. Mainly recorded from South Australia. Native, common in South Australia, uncommon in Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.
Herbarium regions: Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges
NRM region: South Australian Arid Lands
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Shrub to 0.5 m high, with twisted branches. Leaves narrow, fleshy and densely silky. Flowers arranged in leafy spikes, from July to September. Fruits are perianth covered with long woolly/silky hairs. Seeds are ellipsoid to circular, convex, brown seed. Seed embryo type is peripheral
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between July and September. 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|
|BGA||3,200 (33.56 g)||50+||25-Sep-2008||DJD1210|