Common name: Twiggy Emu-bush, Flowering Lignum, Twiggy Emubush
Eremophila polyclada (F.Muell.) F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Glabrous divaricate shrub to 3 m high, branches non-tuberculate; defoliating in drought.
Leaves linear, 1.5–8 cm long, 1–3.5 mm wide, apex acute or obtuse, margins entire.
Flowers solitary or rarely 2 in axils; pedicel 1–2.5 mm long. Sepals imbricate, ovate, 3.5–7 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, glabrous, green. Corolla 20–35 mm long, white often with a suggestion of lilac, prominently spotted on inside of lobes and tube, glabrous outside; lobes obtuse. Stamens enclosed or 1 pair extending just beyond the throat.
Fruit ellipsoid to cylindrical, 8.5–13 mm long, 4–6 mm diam., splitting near apex, glabrous.
Flowering: mainly spring and autumn or sporadically throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on clay and duplex soils of floodplains and low-lying areas; west from Lightning Ridge.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A. N.T.
Text by R. J. Chinnock
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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