Centaurium littorale, partly
Schenkia possible named after Joseph August Schenk (1815-1891), an Austrian-born, German botanist and paleobotanist. Australis means of or from the south, referring to the distribution of the species in the Southern hemisphere
Distribution and status
Found across South Australia, growing in damp and sandy places. Also found in all States. Native. Common in South Australia. 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, Green Adelaide
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)
Annual or rarely biennial forb to 45 cm tall. Basal leaves withering early. Stem leaves opposite each other, to 3 cm long and 2 cm wide. Flowering between November and March. Fruits are brown cylindrical capsule to 10 mm long. Seed embryo type is spatulate under-developed.
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between January and May. Collect mature capsules as they dry off and turn brown. They should contain hard brown seeds. Place the capsules in a tray for a week. Ensure you cover the tray with paper to prevent the seeds popping out. Then rub the capsules with your fingers to dislodge all 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.
|No. of seeds
90,000 (1.14 g)