Eremophila maculata subsp. maculata

Spotted Emu-bush

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rounded, often divaricate shrub to c. 2.5 m high; branches usually non-tuberculate, pubescent. Leaves alternate, linear to oblanceolate, mostly 1–4 cm long and 2–14 mm wide, glabrous or sparsely hairy, acute or obtuse, margins entire. Inflorescences 1-flowered; pedicels 10–25 mm long, sigmoidal. Flowers zygomorphic; sepals ovate, 4–9.5 mm long, acuminate, imbricate, green; corolla 25–35 mm long, glabrous outside, pubescent with glandular and eglandular hairs inside, yellow to pink or carmine, usually spotted, upper lip 4-lobed; stamens 4, exserted, anthers reniform; ovary glabrous, style usually glabrous. Fruit ovoid to subglobose, 11–18 mm long, 10–17 mm diam., dry, woody, glabrous, shiny-brown. Flowers mostly May–Dec.

MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria confined to the north-west, mainly in Eucalyptus largiflorens forests or woodlands on heavy clay soils.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-03-01
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-13
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eremophila maculata subsp. maculata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eremophila maculata subsp. maculata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory