Eremophila scoparia (R.Br.) F.Muell.

Silvery Emu-bush

Pap. & Proc. Roy. Soc. Van Diemen’s Land 3: 296 (1859) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Shrub to c. 3 m high, silvery-scaly; branches sometimes tuberculate. Leaves opposite, c. terete or linear, mostly 6–15 mm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, silvery-scaly, uncinate, base long-decurrent, margins entire. Inflorescences 1- or 2-flowered; pedicels 2–6 mm long, straight. Flowers zygomorphic; sepals triangular, 1.5–3.5 mm long, acute, valvate, silvery-scaly; corolla 15–25 mm long, scaly outside, hairy inside, margins stellate-hairy, lilac or white, spotted, upper lip 2-lobed; stamens 4, included, anthers reniform; ovary scaly, style scaly and with branched hairs. Fruit conical, 3.5–5 mm long, 2–3.5 mm diam., dry, scaly. Flowers mostly Aug.–Jan.

MuM. Also WA, SA, NSW. In Vic. -toria apparently confined to a few sites south of Benetook and from near Meringur in the far north-west. Considered vulnerable in the State. Found mainly in mallee communities on sandy, usually limestone-rich 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 scoparia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eremophila scoparia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales