Australian New Crops Info 2016
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Listing of Interesting Plants of the World:

Nertera depressa



This species is usually known as:

Nertera depressa


This species has also been known as:

Nertera depressa var. papuana


Common names:

Coral Bead Plant, Pin-Cushion Plant, Coral Moss, English Baby Tears



Trends (five databases) 1901-2013:
[Number of papers mentioning Nertera depressa: 15]



Popularity of Nertera depressa over time
[Left-hand Plot: Plot of numbers of papers mentioning Nertera depressa (histogram and left hand axis scale of left-hand plot) and line of best fit, 1901 to 2013 (equation and % variation accounted for in box); Right-hand Plot: Plot of a proportional micro index, derived from numbers of papers mentioning Nertera depressa as a proportion (scaled by multiplying by one million) of the approximate total number of papers available in databases for that year (frequency polygon and left-hand axis scale of right-hand plot) and line of best fit, 1901 to 2013 (equation and % variation accounted for in box)] 

[For larger charts showing the numbers of papers that have mentioned this species over years, select this link; there are links to come back from there]



[Total number of keywords included in the papers that mentioned this species: 49]


variation partitioning (2), All cis-Δ7,10,13-hexadecatrienoic acid (1), Anteiso 17:0 fatty acid (1), antifungal (1), antimicrobial (1), biological invasions (1), Braided riverbeds (1), Bulgobac Glaciation (1), Canopy closure (1), Chemotaxonomy (1), Coastal turf (1), cytotoxic (1), Early Pleistocene (1), ecosystem conservation (1), Exotic plants (1), Exotic species (1), foraging (1), forest health (1), Galactolipids (1), herbivory (1), Landscape context (1), Landscape-scale (1), Leaf fatty acids (1), Light (1), Long-distance pollen rain (1), magnetostratigraphy (1), Marionoak Formation (1), Microenvironment (1), mistletoes (1), Multivariate analysis (1), Naturally rare ecosystems (1), P388 (1), palatability indices (1), Palynology (1), Plant diversity (1), pollen (1), Pollen dispersal (1), Pollination (1), Ranunculus (1), Re-colonisation (1), Rubiaceae (1), Sand dunes (1), screening (1), sexual segregation (1), Shingle beach (1), Spatial scale (1), Trichosurus vulpecula (1), western Tasmania (1)


[If all keywords are not here (as indicated by .....), they can be accessed from this link; there are links to come back from there]



Most likely scope for crop use/product (%):
[Please note: When there are only a few papers mentioning a species, care should be taken with the interpretation of these crop use/product results; as well, a mention may relate to the use of a species, or the context in which it grows, rather than a product]


turf (64.14), forage (15.38), nutraceutical (6.34), shade (3.59), ornamental (1.67), weed (1.07), starch (0.64), cereal (0.45), grain legume (0.45), pesticide (0.44)…..


[To see the full list of crop use/product outcomes, from searching abstracts of the papers that have mentioned this species, select this link; details of the analysis process have also been included; there are links to come back from there]



Recent mentions of this species in the literature:
[since 2012, with links to abstracts; The references from 1901-2013 which have been used for the trend, keyword and crop use/product analyses below, are listed below these references]


Cantley JT, Swenson NG, Markey A and Keeley SC (2014) Biogeographic insights on Pacific Coprosma (Rubiaceae) indicate two colonizations to the Hawaiian Islands. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 174, 412-424.



References 1901-2013 (and links to abstracts):
[Number of papers mentioning Nertera depressa: 15; Any undated papers have been included at the end]


Bee JN, Wright DM, Tanentzap AJ, Lee WG, Lavers RB, Mills JA, Mark AF and Coomes DA (2010) Spatio-temporal feeding selection of red deer in a mountainous landscape. Austral Ecology 35, 752-764.

Wiser SK, Buxton RP, Clarkson BR, Richardson SJ, Rogers GM, Smale MC and Williams PA (2010) Climate, landscape and microenvironment interact to determine plant composition in naturally discrete gravel beach communities. Journal of Vegetation Science 21, 657-671.

Mongrand S, Badoc A, Patouille B, Lacomblez C, Chavent M and Bessoule J-J (2005) Chemotaxonomy of the Rubiaceae family based on leaf fatty acid composition. Phytochemistry 66, 549-559.

(2003) Chapter 8 Vegetation. In ‘Developments in Quaternary Sciences’ (Ed.^(Eds Heusser CJ) pp. 44-73. (Elsevier).

Brockerhoff EG, Ecroyd CE, Leckie AC and Kimberley MO (2003) Diversity and succession of adventive and indigenous vascular understorey plants in Pinus radiata plantation forests in New Zealand. Forest Ecology and Management 185, 307-326.

Augustinus PC and Macphail MK (1997) Early pleistocene stratigraphy and timing of the Bulgobac Glaciation, Western Tasmania, Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 128, 253-267.

McGlone MS and Moar NT (1997) Pollen-vegetation relationships on the subantarctic Auckland Islands, New Zealand. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 96, 317-338.

Lorimer SD, Barns G, Evans AC, Foster LM, May BCH, Perry NB and Tangney RS (1996) Cytotoxicity and antimicrobial activity of plants from New Zealand’s subantarctic islands. Phytomedicine 2, 317-323.

Owen HJ and Norton DA (1995) The diet of introduced brushtail possums Trichosurus vulpecula in a low-diversity New Zealand Nothofagus forest and possible implications for conservation management. Biological Conservation 71, 339-345.

Calder JA, Bastow Wilson J, Mark AF and Ward G (1992) Fire, succession and reserve management in a New Zealand snow tussock grassland. Biological Conservation 62, 35-45.

Medel RG, Jiménez JE, Jaksić FM, Yáñez J and Armesto JJ (1990) Discovery of a continental population of the rare Darwin’s fox, Dusicyon fulvipes (Martin, 1837) in Chile. Biological Conservation 51, 71-77.

Houghton PJ and Manby J (1985) Medicinal plants of the Mapuche. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 13, 89-103.

P.D M (1980) Weathering products in vitrandept profiles under pine and manuka, New Zealand. Geoderma 24, 225-239.

Willis JC (1919) On the Floras of Certain Islets outlying from Stewart Island (New Zealand). Ann. Bot. os-33, 479-484.

WILLIS JC (1919) On the Floras of Certain Islets outlying from Stewart Island (New Zealand). Ann. Bot. os-33, 479-484.


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