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South Australia
Elacholoma prostrata
Scrophulariaceae
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Botanical art

Kath Alcock painting: 1.

Etymology

Latin 'mimus' mimic actor; evidently alluding to a resemblance of the corolla mouth and limb to a mask and 'prostrata' prostrate

Distribution and status

Grows on the open margins of swamps, creeks or river flats, or in temporarily inundated areas, in clay or sand, sometimes saline soils. Found only in the far North East of South Australia.
Herbarium regions: Lake Eyre, Murray
NRM regions: South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Prostrate annual or perennial, forming broad mats, rooting at the nodes. Leaves sessile, ovate to elliptic, sometimes narrowly, rarely broadly so, 0.2-0.6 cm long. Flowers solitary in axils. Corolla more or less rotate; tube 6–15 mm long, the rim white, the lobes spreading, 4-5 mm long, blue or pink, rarely white. Flowering July - September (Lake Eyre), April (Murray). Fruits are capsule obovoid, 4–5 mm long.

Seed collection and propagation

Collect seeds between October and November.

Seeds stored:
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LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
Number
of plants
Date
collected
Collection number
Collection location
Date
stored
% ViabilityStorage
temperature
BGA338,000 (2.71 g)100+20-Oct-2011DJD2197
Murray
1-Nov-2012100%+5°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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