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.
||Branch, flower and fruit.
Image source: fig. 608E in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
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.
Extremely widespread on sandy or clayey soils on plains or in ranges.
W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: mainly June — Dec.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
This species is extremely polymorphic and the above account is based on forms found in S.Aust.
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