Eremophila divaricata subsp. divaricata

Spreading Emu-bush

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Divaricate shrub to c. 1.5 m high, mostly glabrous except for a band of stellate hairs above leaf attachment; branches often spinescent, non-tuberculate. Leaves alternate, linear-lanceolate to -oblanceolate, mostly 5–15 mm long and 1–4 mm wide, glabrous or obscurely pubescent, obtuse, often mucronate, margins entire. Inflorescences 1-flowered. Flowers zygomorphic, sessile; sepals usually 4, lanceolate, 2.5–6.5 mm long, acuminate, imbricate, glabrous or pubescent, green; corolla usually 9–20 mm long, densely stellate-pubescent outside, pubescent inside, mauve to pinkish-lilac, spotted, upper lip 2-lobed; stamens 4, included, anthers reniform; ovary glabrous, style pilose with branched and unbranched hairs. Fruit ovoid to conical, 5–9 mm long, 2–4.5 mm diam., dry, splitting at apex, glabrous. Flowers mostly Nov.–Apr.

MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv. In Victoria confined to woodland communities along the floodplain of the Murray River system north-west from Kerang.

Subsp. callewatta Chinnock from near Bourke in New South Wales has stellate-pubescent branches, leaves and fruits.

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: Frank Udovicic, 2014-11-10
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eremophila divaricata subsp. divaricata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eremophila divaricata subsp. divaricata 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

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South Australia
New South Wales