Eremophila from the Greek 'eremophiles' meaning loving solitude or desert; alluding to the habitat. Scoparia from the Latin 'scoparius' meaning broom-like; alluding to the species habit.
Distribution and status
Found mainly in the central part of South Australia, growing in mallee communities on sandy red earths. Also found in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Victoria. Uncommon in New South Wales. Common in Western Australia.
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Broom-like shrub to 3 m tall, with branches, leaves, pedicels and outside surface of sepals silvery-scaly hairs. Leaves opposite, linear-subterete, to 29 mm long and 2.4 mm wide. Flowers 1 or 2 per axil, tubular, lilac to white, tube white, blue-spotted. Flowering between August and October. Fruits are brown conical fruit to 5 mm long and 3.5 mm wide, dry, woody and scaly. Seed embryo type is linear fully developed.
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between November and February. Collect mature fruits when skin begins to crinkle, either from the tree directly or off the ground beneath it. Leave the fruits in a tray to dry for 1-2 weeks. No cleaning is required if only fruits are collected. Seeds can be stored as fruit with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
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