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Family: Myoporaceae
Eremophila macdonnellii

Citation: F. Muell., Rep. Babbage Exped. 18 (1859).

Synonymy: E. strehlowii E. Pritzel, Reprium nov. Spec. Regni veg. 15:358 (1918). , Eremophila macdonnellii

Common name: None

Intricate shrub to 0.5 m tall; branches non-tuberculate or with 1 or 2 tubercles at each leaf base, stellate-pubescent often with long setose hairs or more rarely consisting only of scattered setose hairs or almost glabrous; leaves alternate, clustered, linear-lanceolate to oblanceolate, ovate to obovate, 3-35 x 2-10 mm, acute to obtuse, indumentum as on the branches, non-viscid.

Flowers 1 per axil; pedicel 7-35 mm long, indumentum as on the branches; sepals connate and forming a deep cup, segments green, triangular to lanceolate, up to 9 x 4 mm, outside and inside surface of cup and segments stellate-pubescent or almost glabrous; corolla 20-35 mm long, deep-purple to indigo, tube white inside, purple-spotted, outside surface glabrous, inside of tube with woolly bands extending down from the base of the lobes of the upper lip and the medial lobe of the lower lip, elsewhere villous, lobes glabrous, obtuse; stamens included, filaments hirsute, anthers glabrous; ovary and style hirsute.

Fruit dry, broadly ovoid to subglobular, 7-15 x 8-13 mm, hirsute.

image of FSA3_Eremophila_macd.jpg Flower and leaf variation.
Image source: fig. 611E in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Schahinger (1976) Austral. pl. 8, 66:245.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, FR.   N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: mainly May — Oct.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: A very variable species in regard to indumenrum, leaf shape and size and features of the calyx. A number of varietal names are available but no attempt has been made to apply them until a thorough investigation of the species is complete.

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