Eremophila glabra (R.Br.) Ostenf.

Common Emu-bush

Biol. Meddel. Kongel. Danske Vidensk. Selsk. 3 (2): 119 (1921) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate to erect shrub to c. 3 m high, glabrous or stellate- to branched-pubescent; branches not tuberculate. Leaves alternate, scattered, linear, lanceolate or oblanceolate, 0.7–6 cm long, 1–18 mm wide, glabrous or stellate-pubescent, apex acute, margins entire or rarely toothed. Inflorescences 1-flowered; pedicels 3–5 mm long. Flowers zygomorphic; sepals lanceolate, 2.5–9 mm long, apex acute to acuminate, imbricate; corolla 20–30 mm long, glabrous or glandular-pubescent outside, glandular-pubescent inside, red or yellow, unspotted, upper lip 4-lobed; stamens 4, long-exserted, anthers reniform; ovary glabrous, style glabrous. Fruit ovoid to subglobose, 4–9 mm long, 3.5–8.5 mm diam., dry or fleshy, glabrous, often red. 

Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP, VRiv, Wim.

3 subspecies, 2 in Victoria.

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

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