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Wild Flowers of Central Australia
Eremophilas
Eremophila

The group of flowering shrubs Eremophilas are also commonly called native fuchsia, emu bush, poverty bush, turkey bush etc. They are found in a variety of forms from ground cover plants, small to large shrubs and small trees.

The genus Eremophila, meaning ‘desert-loving’, apply to a group of plants that number over 200 species, most being in the Western Australia region and approximately 27 species in the Central Australia - Northern Territory region.

The eremophilas are easily recognised by their flower, having a short to long floral tube or corolla with five unequal lobes that form into 2 lips. There are two types of flowers, with the short flower (approximately 75%) adapted for pollination by insects and the other for pollination by both insects and birds.

Wild Flowers in Central Australia

Native Fuchsias / Emu Bushes

The following eremophila shows a typical insect-pollinated specie, the short floral tube, 2 lobed upper lips and the 3 lower lips.

The following images are of the Eremophila elderi, a small herbaceous aromatic shrub found growing in hard stony or rocky grounds found in Central Australia. The flower is between 10-20 mm long, deeply cut, pointed, overlapping, corolla 20-25 mm long with large lobes, pale lilac, sometimes to a bluish tinge towards the end, whitish interior and lower exterior, the tube is white and woolly in appearance. It is very similar to E. freelingii.

Eremophila elderi - Emu Bushes and Native Fuchsias in Central Australia.

Eremophila elderi - Emu Bushes and Native Fuchsias in Central Australia.

Eremophila elderi - Emu Bushes and Native Fuchsias in Central Australia.

Eremophila elderi - Emu Bushes and Native Fuchsias in Central Australia.

Eremophila elderi - Emu Bushes and Native Fuchsias in Central Australia.

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