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Eremophila divaricata

Citation: F. Muell., Pap. R.Soc. Tasm. 3:293 (1860).

Synonymy: Pholidia divaricata F. Muell., Trans. Phil. Soc. Vic. 1:47 (1855); Sentis rhynchocarpa F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 4:47 (1863).

Common name: Spreading emubush.

Tangled or divaricate shrub 0.5-1.5 m tall; branches often spinescent, non-tuberculate, glabrous except for a band of stellate hairs above the leaf axil or rarely stellate-pubescent; leaves alternate, oblong to linear-oblanceolate, 4.5-34 x 1-4 mm, obtuse but with a small mucro, entire, glabrous or obscurely glandular-puberulent at least on the adaxial surface, occasionally with a few scattered stellate hairs along the margins in the basal part.

Flowers solitary, sessile; sepals 4, imbricate, green, lanceolate, 3.5-6.5 x 0.8-2 mm, acuminate, outside surface glabrous or glandular-puberulent, inside surface sparsely to densely clothed with short glandular, short and long branched and simple eglandular hairs; corolla 10-20 mm long, mauve to pinkish-lilac, rarely white, tube and lower lobes spotted purple inside, outside surface densely stellate-pubescent, inside of tube and lobes pubescent with a villous band extending down the tube below the lower medial lobe; stamens included, filaments with villous bases, glabrous above, anthers glabrous; ovary glabrous; style pilose, hairs branched and unbranched.

Fruit dry, ovoid-conical, 5-9 x 2-4.5 mm, beaked and splitting into 4 segments at the apex, glabrous.

image of FSA3_Eremophila_div.jpg Branch, flower and fruit.
Image source: fig. 610G in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 614.

Distribution:  Common along the banks and flood plain of the Murray River.

  N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: mainly Nov. — April.

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