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South Australia
Podotheca angustifolia
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Botanical art

Kath Alcock paintings: 6.

Etymology

Greek 'podos' foot, 'theke' case, referring to the shortly stipitate achenes and Latin 'angusta' narrow, 'folia' leaves

Distribution and status

Common on red sandy soils in mallee, scrub and woodlands.
Herbarium regions: Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Sparsely sticky, prostrate to ascending annual herb, 2–30 cm high, with swollen stems. Basal leaves linear, attenuate at the base, 2-8 cm long, cauline leaves linear to narrowly oblanceolate, acute to subacute, 2-6 cm long, 1-3 mm wide, bright-green, glandular-pubescent. Capitula close to the ground, erect, on short leafy peduncles, Florets 10–70, about 20 mm long, yellow. Flowering September - October. Fruits are achenes 2-3 mm long, greybrown, finely pubescent; pappus bristles 5, equal, 2.5-3.5 cm long, plumose but glabrous near the base.

Seed collection and propagation

Cut off mature fruiting heads and place in a warm place to dry. Separate seed from fruit head, remove any unwanted 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
BGA4,300 (2.27 g)100+23-Nov-2004PJA88
Eyre Peninsula
31-Mar-200695%-18°C
BGA 
MSB
5,700 (2.97 g)
5,700 (2.97 g)
100+19-Nov-2004DJD38
Southern Lofty
31-Mar-200695%-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.
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