Eremophila debilis

Eremophila debilis
Winter Apple
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Genus: Eremophila
Species: E. debilis
Binomial name
Eremophila debilis
(Andrews) Chinnock

Eremophila debilis (synonym Myoporum debile), also known as Winter Apple or Amulla, is a prostrate shrub which is native to Australia.

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Description

This species spreads to 1 or 2 metres in width. It has lanceolate to elliptic leaves with teeth toward the base which are up to 12.5 cm long. It produces white to pale mauve flowers in the spring and summer which, unlike many others in the genera, do not have spots. These are followed by rounded, fleshy fruits, which are up to 1 cm in diameter.

Taxonomy

The first description of the species was published by H.C. Andrews in 1802 who gave it the name Pogonia debilis.

Distribution

It occurs in New South Wales and Queensland, primarily in box and White Cypress communities. The species is also present in New Zealand, thought to be the result of naturalisation.[1]

References

  1. ^ Chinnock, R.J. (2007). Eremophila and Allied Genera: A Monograph of the Plant Family. Rosenburg Publishing. ISBN 1877058165. http://books.google.com/books?id=5iZlQOKoEjoC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Eremophila+chinnock+book. 

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