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Conospermum from the Latin 'conus' meaning a cone and 'spermum' meaning a seed; alluding to the obconical nuts. Patens means spreading; alluding to the species habit.
Distribution and status
Found in the southern part of South Australia, from the southern Eyre Peninsula to the lower South-east, growing in sandy rarely clay soil in sclerophyllous shrubland or woodland. Also foun in Victoria. Native. Common in South Australia. Common in Victoria.
Herbarium regions: Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern, Green Adelaide
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Erect shrub to 2 m high with white-pubescent branches. Leaves widely spreading, distally upturned, linear to linear-oblanceolate, to 25 mm long and 1.5 mm wide, glabrescent. Flower-spikes terminal or in the upper axils with dense white, grey-blue or lilac flowers. Flowering between April and January. Fruits are pale brown fruit cluster at end of stalk, each with a number of seeds. Seeds are cone-shaped nut to 2.5 mm long, covered in short golden brown hairs with a ring of longer hairs around the margin of the cone. Seed embryo type is investing.
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between September and February. Collecting mature fruit-heads, those turning brown and contain hard seeds. Place the heads in a tray and leave to dry for 1 to 2 weeks. Then rub the dried heads with your hands to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate any 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 two collections, the seed viability was average, ranging from 50% to 55%.
|Location||No. of seeds|
|1,700 (3.95 g)|
1,700 (3.95 g)
|BGA||4,800 (8.04 g)||14-Dec-2005||TEE9|
|BGA||1,700 (5.98 g)||30+||21-Nov-2011||KHB615|