Eremophila debilis

Family Myoporaceae

Prostrate, spreading shrub to 1 m diameter with a thick rootstock. Longevity 10 - 20 years.

Flowers: White to pale mauve, September–June.

Fruit: White to reddish purple fleshy fruit 7–10 mm long, drying  to pale brown woody notched fruit with age, mature at any time of the year. Possibly bird-dispersed.

Seed: Hard woody fruit contains about 4 seeds that are not released until the fruit rots.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout

Ecology

  • Grassy woodland habitat.
  • Common in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Abundant seedling recruitment in burnt and unburnt areas after rain.
  • Adult plants resprout from rootstock after fire.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Eremophila debilis plant

Eremophila debilis flower

Eremophila debilis fruit

Eremophila debilis seed