F. Muell., Pap. R. Soc. Tasm. 3:296 (1860).
Synonymy: Pholidia scoparia R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 517 (1810).
Common name: Broom emubush, silver emubush, scotia bush.
Broom-like shrub 1-3 m tall, with branches, leaves, pedicels and outside surface of sepals silvery-scaly; branches tuberculate or non-tuberculate; leaves opposite, linear-subterete, 6-29 x 0.8-2.4 mm, apex uncinate.
Flowers 1 or 2 per axil; pedicel 2-6 mm long, straight; sepals valvate, triangular, 1.5-3.5 x 0.6-1.5 mm, acute, inside surface pubescent in the distal half and along the margins, hairs branched; corolla 15-25 mm long, lilac to white, tube white, blue-spotted, outside surface scaly but margins of lobes stellate-pubescent, inside of tube arachnoid-hairy; stamens included, filaments bearded at the base, anthers with arachnoid hairs; ovary scaly, style with scales and branched hairs.
Fruit dry, conical, 3.5-5 x 1.9-3.5 mm, scaly.
||Branch, flower and fruit.
Image source: fig. 612C in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 614; Costerroans ( 1981 ) Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia, p. 273.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU. W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: mainly Aug. — Oct.
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