Eremophila sturtii R.Br.

Narrow-leaf Emu-bush

in Sturt, Narr. Exped. C. Australia App. 85 (1849) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Shrub to c. 3 m high, multistemmed, glabrous, viscid; branches sometimes obscurely tuberculate. Leaves alternate, c. terete or linear, mostly 1–3 cm long, 0.5–3 mm wide, acute, margins entire. Inflorescences 1(–2)-flowered; pedicels 5.5–18 mm long, straight or curved. Flowers zygomorphic; sepals ovate to oblanceolate, 5.5–11 mm long, subequal, usually obtuse, valvate, cream to purplish; corolla usually 12–15 mm long, pubescent outside, partially villous inside, usually pale lilac, spotted, upper lip 2-lobed; stamens 4, included, anthers reniform; ovary villous, style pilose or villous at least in proximal half. Fruit ovoid, 3.5–5 mm long, 2.5–3.5 mm diam., dry, villous. Flowers mostly spring and summer.

Gold, MuF, MuM, MSB, Wim. Also NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Confined in Victoria to the far north-west where a component of Belah (Casuarina pauper) and Sugarwood (Myoporum platycarpum) woodland on slightly higher ground of the Murray River floodplain. An outlier from Swan Hill (1950) is of uncertain source (possibly cultivated). Two pre-1900 collections labelled 'Wimmera' and 'Sandhurst' are of doubtful provenance.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Myoporaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2020-06-23
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Eremophila
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eremophila sturtii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eremophila sturtii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales