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Eremophila glabra

Citation: Ostenf., Biol. Meddel. Kongel. Danske Vidensk. Selsk. 32:120 (1921).

Synonymy: Stenochilus glaber R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 519 (1810); E. brownii F. Muell., Rep. Babbage Exped. 16 (1858).

Common name: Tar bush, common emubush, fuchsia-bush.

Prostrate or erect shrub 0.05-3 m tall; branches non-tuberculate, glabrous or sparsely to densely stellate- to branched-pubescent, rarely the hairs more or less woolly; leaves alternate, scattered, lanceolate to oblanceolate, 7-61 x 2-18 mm acute, margins entire or more rarely serrate, glabrous or sparsely to densely stellate-pubescent.

Flowers 1 per axil; pedicel 3-5 mm long, shorter than the largest sepals, glabrous or stellate-pubescent or -tomentose; sepals imbricate, narrowly triangular to ovate, 2.5-9 x 1-3 mm, acute to acuminate, outside surface glabrous or variously stellate- or branched-pubescent; corolla 2.0-30 mm long, red or yellow, unspotted, outside surface glabrous or glandular-pubescent, inside surface glandular-pubescent, lobes acute; stamens exserted, filaments glandular-pubescent, anthers glabrous; ovary and style glabrous.

Fruit dry or fleshy, often red, ovoid to subglobular, 4-9 x 3.5-8.5 mm, glabrous.

image of FSA3_Eremophila_gla.jpg Branch, flower and fruit.
Image source: fig. 608E in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Rotherham et al. (1975) Flowers and plants of New South Wales and southern Queensland, fig. 529; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 607.

Distribution:  Extremely widespread on sandy or clayey soils on plains or in ranges.

  W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: mainly June — Dec.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: This species is extremely polymorphic and the above account is based on forms found in S.Aust.

Author: Not yet available

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