Plants of
South Australia
Hibbertia virgata
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Prior names

Hibbertia virgata var. incana

Hibbertia virgata var. crassifolia

Hibbertia glandulosa

Hibbertia fasciculata var. crassifolia


Hibbertia, named after George Hibbert (1757-1837), a London merchant who maintained a private botanic garden at Chelsea. Virgata, from the Latin 'virga,' meaning twiggy, referring to its twiggy habit.

Distribution and status

Found in the southern part of South Australia, growing on sandy soils in open woodlands and heaths in coastal and inland areas. Also found in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Native. Common in South Australia. Uncommon in New South Wales and Tasmania. Common in Victoria.
Herbarium regions: Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern, Green Adelaide
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Small erect shrub to 150 cm high. Leaves linear-oblanceolate to linear, to 30 mm long and 2 mm wide; glabrous or covered by curly hairs. Flowers yellow to 8 mm long, axillary or terminal on short shoots. Flowering between July and September. Fruits are brown ellipsoid capsule with 3 carpels and 2 ovules in each; glabrous. Seeds are brown, globular seed to 2 mm diameter.

Seed collection and propagation

Collect seeds between October and January. Collect mature capsules, those that are turning a pale straw-colour and contain brown seeds. Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks. Then rub the capsules gently by hand 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 genus tend to have low seed viability. This species has morpho-physiological dormancy and can be difficult to germinate.

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