Plants of
South Australia
Lasiopetalum baueri
Sterculiaceae
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Kath Alcock paintings: 4.

Etymology

Lasiopetalum, from the Greek 'lasios', meaning hairy or shaggy and 'petalon', meaning petal, alluding to the hairy calyx. Baueri named after Franz and Ferdinand Bauer, 19th century Austrian botanical artists and brothers.

Distribution and status

Found in the southern part of South Australia growing on red sands associated with mallee communities. Also found in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Native. Common in SA. Uncommon in New South Wales and Tasmania. Common in Victoria.
Herbarium regions: Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
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

Shrubs to 1.5 m high but often under 50 cm. Leaves stiff, linear to linear-oblong, obtuse; to 50 mm long and 7 mm wide. Inflorescence lax, usually with fewer than 6 flowers; calyx pink or white, greenish towards the base; petals reddish-brown, less than 1 mm long. Flowering between August and October. Fruits are brown segmented capsule to 8 mm diameter. Seeds are dark brown, oblong seeds covered to 2.5 mm long and 1.5 mm wide, with fine hairs and with an inverted U shaped aril attached to the top. Seed embryo type is spathulate.

Seed collection and propagation

Collect seeds between October and December. Collect capsules when they are brown and beginning to dry. Rub the fruits to check that the dark seeds are present. Look out for holes in the fruits as this is an indication that the seed has been predated. Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for 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. Seed predation can be high and seed viability can be low.

Seeds stored:
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LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
Number
of plants
Date
collected
Collection number
Collection location
Date
stored
% ViabilityStorage
temperature
BGA1,900 (3.1 g)2618-Dec-2003PJA71
Murray
14-Aug-200640%-18°C
BGA1,300 (1.82 g)7-Nov-2013JRG79
Murray
24-Mar-201565%-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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