Eremophila polyclada (F.Muell.) F.Muell.

Twiggy Emu-bush

Pap. & Proc. Roy. Soc. Van Diemen’s Land 3: 294 (1859) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Dense divaricate shrub to c. 3 m high, usually glabrous; branches non-tuberculate. Leaves alternate, scattered (defoliating in drought), linear, mostly 1.5–5 cm long and 1–3 mm wide, glabrous, often viscid when young, usually acute, margins entire. Inflorescences 1(–2)-flowered; pedicels 1–2.5 mm long, straight. Flowers zygomorphic; sepals ovate, 3.5–7 mm long, acute, imbricate, green; corolla 20–35 mm long, glabrous outside, partially villous inside, pinkish, spotted, upper lip 2-lobed; stamens 4, included, anthers reniform; ovary glabrous, style glabrous. Fruit narrow-obloid, 8.5–13 mm long, 4–6 mm diam., fleshy, splitting near apex, glabrous, greenish. Flowers mainly Oct.–May (spasmodically throughout the year).

MuM, MSB, RobP. Also NT, SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria confined to the far north-west between Mildura and the South Australian border and considered vulnerable in this State. Occurs along river flats and in depressions, mainly in Eucalyptus largiflorens forests and woodlands on heavy clay soils.

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.
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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 polyclada in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eremophila polyclada in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales