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Eremophila hispida
Scientific classification
Eremophila (plant)

Eremophila hispida is a flowering plant in the figwort family, Scrophulariaceae and is endemic to Queensland. It is a small shrub with narrow, hairy, clustered leaves, with violet to purple flowers and is restricted to a small area in central Queensland.


Eremophila hispida is a compact shrub usually growing to a height of less than 0.4 m (1 ft) with its branches mostly covered with a dense layer of hairs. Its leaves are densely clustered at the ends of the branches, mostly 10–25 mm (0.4–1 in) long, less than 1 mm (0.04 in) wide, linear in shape, usually densely covered in hairs and have their edges turned under. They also have a distinct midrib visible on the lower surface.

The flowers are borne singly in leaf axils on a very short stalk. There are 5 green, hairy, overlapping, tapering, lance-shaped to triangular sepals which are mostly 4–9 mm (0.2–0.4 in) long. The petals are 16–20 mm (0.6–0.8 in) long and are joined at their lower end to form a tube. The petal tube is purple to violet-coloured, the outside of the tube is usually hairy while the inner surface of the lobes is glabrous and the inside of the tube is filled with long, soft hairs. The 4 stamens are fully enclosed within the petal tube. The fruits are oval-shaped with a glabrous, papery covering and are 5.5–7 mm (0.2–0.3 in) long.

Taxonomy and naming

The species was first formally described by Robert Chinnock in 2007 and the description was published in Eremophila and Allied Genera: A Monograph of the Plant Family Myoporaceae. The specific epithet (hispida) is a Latin word meaning "with rough hair or bristles".

Distribution and habitat

Eremophila hispida grows in mulga and Corymbia terminalis woodland in brown loam and sand, mostly near Winton.

Conservation status

Eremophila hispida is classified as "of least concern" in terms of the Queensland Nature Conservation Act.

Use in horticulture

This eremophila has rarely been cultivated but its purple flowers and contrasting leaves indicate that it may have potential as a garden plant. It can be propagated from cuttings or by grafting and grown in well-drained soil in full sun. It is drought tolerant, needing only occasional watering but it needs to be protected from frost.

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