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Eremophila humilis
Conservation status

Priority One — Poorly Known Taxa (DEC)
Scientific classification
Eremophila (plant)

Eremophila humilis is a flowering plant in the figwort family, Scrophulariaceae and is endemic to Western Australia. It is a low, rounded shrub with club-shaped leaves and white bell-shaped flowers and which is only found in a restricted area near Meekatharra.


Eremophila humilis is a rounded, densely-branched, dark green shrub which grows to a height of between 0.25 and 0.5 m (0.8 and 2 ft) with branches and leaves that are sticky and shiny when young. The leaves are crowded near the ends of the branches and are mostly 3–10 mm (0.1–0.4 in) long, about 1 mm (0.04 in) wide, linear to club-shaped and lumpy due to enlarged resin glands.

The flowers are borne singly in leaf axils on a mostly hairy stalk 4–7 mm (0.2–0.3 in) long. There are 5 green to purple, elliptic to egg-shaped, pointed sepals which are 6–9.5 mm (0.2–0.4 in) long. The petals are white, 6–8 mm (0.2–0.3 in) long and are joined at their lower end to form a bell-shaped tube. The outside of the tube and petal lobes are slightly hairy but the inside is glabrous. The 4 stamens extend beyond the end of the petal tube. Flowering occurs from June to September and is followed by fruits which are dry, woody, oval-shaped and 4–4.5 mm (0.16–0.18 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 (humilis) is a Latin word meaning "low" or "small" (usually in stature) referring to the habit of this species.

Distribution and habitat

Eremophila humilis grows in clay loam on stony hills near Mount Vernon, north west of Meekatharra in the Gascoyne biogeographic region.

Conservation status

Eremophila humilis is classified as "Priority One" by the Government of Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife, meaning that it is known from only one or a few locations which are potentially at risk.

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