Plants of
South Australia
Convolvulus remotus
Convolvulaceae
Grassy Bindweed
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Kath Alcock paintings: 7.

Etymology

Convolvulus the Latin name of some bindweed, from 'convolvere' meaning to roll together or entwine. Remotus means remote (as in remote places, scattered); alluding to the species distribution or habitat.

Distribution and status

Found across most part of South Australia, growing on a wide variety of soil types from clays through loams to sands, in chenopod shrublands Acacia shrublands, open mallee woodlands and heaths and on sandhills iand drainage lines. Also found in all mainly states. Native. Common in South Australia. Uncommon in Queensland. Common in the other states.
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, 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

Herb with trailing and twining stems. Leaves ovate to oblong, hastate or sagittate, to 80 mm long and 40 mm wide, acute to rounded, mucronulate, base cordate, basal lobes entire or occasionally with a secondary pair of lobes, terminal lobe entire, sparsely to densely hairy. Flower-spike a cymose, with 1�3 funnel-shaped pink flowers. Flowering between August and December. Fruits are brown globular capsule to 7 mm diameter. Seeds are dark brown to black secteroid seed, with a slight rugose surface. Seed embryo type is folded.

Seed collection and propagation

Collect seeds between November and March. Collect capsules that are maturing, turning brown and contain hard seeds inside. Capsules can be opened or unopened and some seed can be collected from the ground under the plant. Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks. Then rub the capsules gently by hand or with a rubber bung 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. This species has physical dormancy that needs to be overcome for the seed to germinate (e.g. nicking the seed coat).

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
1,300 (9.4 g)
1,300 (9.4 g)
249-Mar-2004SMK64
Southern Lofty
14-Aug-2006N/C-18°C
BGA750 (5.4 g)2917-Mar-2004SMK77
Southern Lofty
14-Aug-2006N/C-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.
Germination table:
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