Endemic to the Northern Territory, Eremophila ovata is commonly known as the Krichauff Ranges Fuchsia. It is a small, spreading shrub with hairy branches and leaves. The flowers are purple or pink with white inside. There is also a white variety.
First formally described by Robert Chinnock in 1979 and published in Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Garden. From the Latin ovata meaning “egg-shaped”, referring to the shape of the leaves.1
The branches are densely covered with white or yellow glandular hairs. The leaves are 10-25 mm long and 9-14 mill wide (not including the leaf stalk), alternately arranged along the branches. The leaf stalk are 3–7 mm long. The leaves are elliptic to egg-shaped, hence the Latin word ovata, and are covered with hairs, the underside being more densely covered. Sometimes the leaves eventually become glabrous, meaning free from hair or down; smooth.
Flowering mainly from winter to spring, the flowers of the Eremophila ovata appear singly from the leaf axils, on a stalk that is less than 2 mm long. There are 5 green, hairy, lance-shaped or triangular sepals about 8.5–10.5 mm ) long. The petals are 18–30 mm long and joined at their lower end to form a tube. The petal tube of the Eremophila ovata is lilac-purple in colour, with the inner part of the tube white with lilac spots inside. The outside of the petal tube and the lobes are hairy but the inside surface of the lobes is glabrous (smooth) whilst the inside of the tube is filled with woolly hairs. There are 4 stamens that are fully enclosed in the petal tube. The fruit are oval-shaped, about 4.5–7 mm long and hairy.
A fast growing but short-lived plant, Eremophila ovata are found to occur in the George Gill and Gardiner Ranges in the Northern Territory, growing in gravelly soils on the slopes and in the gullies.
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Charophyta
- Class: Equisetopsida
- Subclass: Magnoliidae
- Superorder: Asteranae
- Order: Lamiales
- Family: Scrophulariaceae
- Genus: Eremophila
- Species: Eremophila latrobei
- Number of subspecies including:
- Eremophila latrobei var. latrobei
Footnote & References
- Chinnock, Robert J. (2 April 1979). “Ten new species of Eremophila (Myoporaceae) from Central and Western Australia” (PDF). Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Garden. 1 (4): 237–239, https://data.environment.sa.gov.au/Content/Publications/JABG01P237_Chinnock.pdf
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