Ozothamnus, from the Greek 'ozo,' meaning to smell and 'thamnos', meaning shrub, alluding to the fragrant foliage when crushed. Scaber, from the Latin 'scaber', meaning rough, scaly, referring to the rough seed surface.
Distribution and status
Endemic to South Australia and found only in the Flinders Ranges. Native. Rare in South Australia.
Herbarium regions: Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Northern Lofty, South Eastern
NRM regions: South Australian Arid Lands, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Fruits are dense cream-brown heads. Seeds are brown elliptical seed to 1 mm long and 0.5 mm wide, covered sparsely with short white hairs and with a short pappus at one end. Seed embryo type is spatulate, fully-developed.
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds during June. Collect mature seed heads turning a cream-brown. Place the heads in a tray and leave to dry for 1-2 weeks,then rub the heads gently with your hands to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place. From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 100%.
|Location||No. of seeds|
|3,500 (0.32 g)|
3,500 (0.32 g)