EremophilaKrichauff Ranges Fuchsia (Eremophila ovata) Native Fuchsia (Eremophila latrobei) MacDonnell’s Desert Fuchsia (Eremophila macdonnellii) Silky Eremophila (Eremophila nivea)

Eremophila macdonnellii, from the family Scrophulariaceae, is a widespread variable shrub often found growing on sand dunes and sand plains, through Central Australia from the southern parts of Northern Territory, to northern South Australia and far south-western Queensland.

With a common name of MacDonnell’s Desert Fuchsia or MacDonnell’s Fuchsia, it was first formally described by botanist Ferdinand von Mueller in 1859. The plant was named after Sir Richard Graves Macdonnell, who was Governor of South Australia between 1855-1862.

A variable species, with both prostrate and upright forms, that under the right conditions can have a spread of up to 5 metres (1 to 2 metres being the norm) or a height of 2 metres.

The shrub has many branchlets, often giving a tangled appearance, and are covered in fine hairs, from sparse to dense. The flowers are deep violet to purple in colour. The flower opens into a tube shape, that flares into an notched upper lip and three spreading lower lobes.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Charophyta
  • Class: Equisetopsida
  • Subclass: Magnoliidae
  • Superorder: Asteranae
  • Order: Lamiales
  • Family: Scrophulariaceae
  • Genus: Eremophila
  • Species: Eremophila macdonnellii

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks to Barb Jim Gilfedder for the ID, member of the Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club, Facebook group,
  2. Wildflowers & Plants of Inland Australia, author Anne Urban, ISBN 0-646-41688-X, p182,
  3. Eremophila macdonnellii F.Muell., Atlas of Living Australia,

EremophilaKrichauff Ranges Fuchsia (Eremophila ovata) Native Fuchsia (Eremophila latrobei) MacDonnell’s Desert Fuchsia (Eremophila macdonnellii) Silky Eremophila (Eremophila nivea)

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