bignoniifolia: is a member of the Myoporaceae family. There are over
200 species with only one Eremophila extending overseas to New Zealand.
Their common name is Emu Bush. These large, flightless
birds are said to eat the Eremophila fruits. Emu Bushes are found in
the arid inland of our continent.
Eremophila bignoniifolia is
also known as Eurah, an Aboriginal word. The Eurah is a medium to tall rounded
shrub with smooth and sticky branches. Leaves are linear to linear-lanceolate
and up to 20 centimetres long. The large, tubular flowers are usually cream
with purple spots inside the tube. Some specimens have flowers with a pale
pink flush. Flowering is mainly in winter and early spring with sporadic
blooms at other times. As with all Emu Bushes, Eurah flowers attract
In the wild, Eremophila
bignoniifolia often grows near drainage channels and has proved to be
frost hardy and drought tolerant.
Eurah is a useful species for
windbreaks and screens. Judicious pruning will promote dense growth.
occurs in all mainland states and propagates readily from cuttings.
The photograph is of a cultivated
specimen in a public garden in Roma, a town in central Queensland.