Chinn., comb. nov.
Synonymy: Myoporum desertl Cunn. ex Benth. in Endl., Enum. Pl. Hügel 78 (1837).
, Myoporum deserti, Myoporum patens, Myoporum strictum
Common name: Turkey-bush.
Glabrous shrub 1-4 m high; branches obscurely tuberculate or non-tuberculate, sometimes viscid towards branch tips; leaves alternate, scattered, linear to oblanceolate, 20-55 x 3-8 mm, acute, apex uncinate, thick, margins entire; flowers 1-4 per axil; pedicel 5-10 mm, recurved sepals slightly imbricate at the base, triangular, 2-3 x 0.5-1 mm, acuminate, glabrous; corolla 4-7 mm long, almost rotate, cream, unspotted, glabrous outside and inside or inside of lobes pubescent towards the base; stamens included, filaments glabrous or pubescent towards the base, anthers sagittate, glabrous; ovary and style glabrous.
Fruit drupaceous, succulent, ovoid to subglobular, 4-6.5 x 4-5.5 mm, glabrous.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 615.
Widespread on plains and in ranges on various soils in mulga or mallee.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL. All mainland States.
Flowering time: mainly May — Sept.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
This species is closely allied to E. santalina and another undescribed species found in W.Aust. and S. Aust. The three species are vegetatively very similar, have sagittate anthers and show a transition in corolla form from an actinomorphic one with a short tube in E. deserti to a zygomorphic one with a long tube in E. santalina.
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