Seeds of South Australia
Eremophila scoparia (Myoporaceae)
Silvery Emubush
List of species for Eremophila
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Seed collecting:
November to February
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
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Broughton (FLB02)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern   [western edge of range]
Olary Spur (FLB03) 
 Least Concern
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Least Concern
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Least Concern
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Least Concern
St Vincent (EYB02)Eyre Yorke Block
 Least Concern
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Least Concern
Talia (EYB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Least Concern
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Least Concern
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Least Concern
Braemer (MDD07) 
 Least Concern
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)Riverina
 Near Threatened   [unsuitable habitat]
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Least Concern
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02) 
 Least Concern
Gawler Lakes (GAW03) 
 Least Concern
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04) 
 Least Concern
Kingoonya (GAW05) 
 Least Concern
Roxby (GAW07) 
 Least Concern
Commonwealth Hill (GAW08) 
 Least Concern
Maralinga (GVD03)Great Victoria Desert
 Least Concern
Tallaringa (GVD05) 
 Least Concern
Yellabinna (GVD06) 
 Least Concern
Carlisle (NUL01)Nullarbor
 Least Concern
Nullarbor Plain (NUL02) 
 Least Concern
Yalata (NUL03) 
 Least Concern
Bimbowrie (BHC05)Broken Hill Complex
 Least Concern
Curnamona (BHC06) 
 Least Concern
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Least Concern
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Near Threatened   [limited habitat]
Witjira (STP06) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   [outlier; in one location]
Everard Block (CER03)Central Ranges
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [outlier]
IBRA regions
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5 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
4 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
, Rare
3 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)RiverinaNear Threatened
  [unsuitable habitat]
7 of 8 subregionsGawlerLeast Concern
3 of 4 subregionsGreat Victoria DesertLeast Concern
3 of 3 subregionsNullarborLeast Concern
2 of 4 subregionsBroken Hill ComplexLeast Concern
3 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Vulnerable
Everard Block (CER03)Central RangesRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [outlier]
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Eremophila]
Name derivation:
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:
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.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Victoria. Uncommon in New South Wales. Common in Western Australia.
Plant description:
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.
Fruit type:
Brown conical fruit to 5 mm long and 3.5 mm wide, dry, woody and scaly.
Embryo type:
Linear fully developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature fruits when skin begins to crinkle, either from the tree directly or off the ground beneath it.
Seed cleaning:
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.