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Eremophila ciliata

Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list

Eremophila ciliata is an erect shrub 1-4 metres tall, with erect or spreading branches with furrows extending down from leaf bases and prominently tuberculate with large amber-coloured tubercules. The leaves are sessile, alternate, thick, linear-oblanceolate, 5-12 x 1.2-2.5 mm and glabrous. There are one to three flowers per axil and are 1.5-3 mm long. Five sepals valvate, have outer and inner surface glabrous but margins are prominently
ciliate. Fruit is ovoid in side view, prominently winged and the wings have numerous tubercules. The specific name is derived from the Latin cilium (eye-lash) refers to its calyx lobes which are fringed with fine hairs (Chinnock 2007). The species is closely related to E. dichroantha and E. dempsteri but can be distinguished from the former by the
branch features, flattened leaves with two rows of tubercules on the abaxial surface, fewer flowers per axil and prominently winged, glabrous fruit. From the latter it can be distinguished by the flattened leaves, smaller sepals lacking prominent venation at the fruiting stage, and shorter ciliate softer hairs and smaller flowers (Chinnock 2007).

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Eremophila ciliata

    Comments There is no current net continuing decline observed; but the species will be susceptible to impacts from fire if the frequency of fires increases.

    Population size reduction A decline in the population was evident up until 2008 when a fire (evidence of decline) impacted the population.

    The population may be vulnerable to altered fire regimes if another fire event occurs before the current generation of plants has set a sufficient seed bank.