Eremophila macdonnellii

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MacDonnell's Desert Fuchsia
Eremophila macdonnellii habit.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Genus: Eremophila
Species: E. macdonnellii
Binomial name
Eremophila macdonnellii
F. Muell.

Eremophila macdonnellii , also known as MacDonnell's desert fuchsia, is a shrub which is native to central Australia.


It is a small shrub covered with short hairs which grows up to a height of 50 cm. The sessile leaves are small and thick and the solitary pink to deep purple flowers are produced on long stalks.


The species was first formally described by botanist Ferdinand von Mueller in 1859. The specific epithet honours Sir Richard MacDonnell, the Governor of South Australia.


The range of this species covers parts of South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.


Unfortunately, despite the showy nature of the flower, this species is rarely seen in cultivation due to its poor resistance to both leaf rot and root rot. Grafting helps but an open position in full sun is essential for long life.


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