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Useful Temperate Plants

Eremophila alternifolia

R.Br.

Scrophulariaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Narrow-Leaved Fuchsia Bush

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General Information

Eremophila alternifolia is an erect, resinous shrub growing up to 3 metres tall[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
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Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
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0
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Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
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It is often grown as an ornamental in Australia

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Australia - southern Western Australia, South Australia, southern Northern Territory, western New South Wales

Habitat

Found as scattered bushes or small groups in shallow skeletal soils on hills and ranges[
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Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
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Properties

Height0.00 m

Cultivation Details

Eremophila alternifolia is found mainly in arid and sub-arid regions of southern Australia. It is known to withstand at least moderate frost, and has been successfully cultivated in more humid temperate areas with mild winters and a well-drained soil[
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Title
Australian Native Plants Society
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http://anpsa.org.au/index.html
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets on Australian plants. Good photographs, brief description and information on uses, habitat, range, cultivation etc.
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Prefers a position in full sun[
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Title
Australian Native Plants Society
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Author
 
Website
http://anpsa.org.au/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets on Australian plants. Good photographs, brief description and information on uses, habitat, range, cultivation etc.
]. Succeeds in a variety of soils so long as they are well-drained[
397
Title
Australian Native Plants Society
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://anpsa.org.au/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets on Australian plants. Good photographs, brief description and information on uses, habitat, range, cultivation etc.
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The plant flowers mainly in the spring, but also sporadically through the year[
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Title
Australian Native Plants Society
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://anpsa.org.au/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets on Australian plants. Good photographs, brief description and information on uses, habitat, range, cultivation etc.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

Eremophila alternifolia is commonly known as narrow-leaf fuchsia bush. Aboriginal people have taken the decoctions of the dried leaves of E. alternifolia for coughs, colds,fever, internal pain, and general malaise [Barr et al., 1988; Isaacs, ]. An infusion of the fresh leaves has been used as a rubbing medicine to treat skin conditions or taken internally for various ailments. It is believed that this plant is able to encourage deep sleep[
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Title
An Ethnopharmacological Study of Medicinal Plants of the Kamilaroi and Muruwari Aboriginal Communities in Northern N
Publication
A Thesis submitted at Macquarie University
Author
Qian Liu
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
In particular it looks at Ethnopharacological information on the genera Eremurus and Exocarpus. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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The leaves of E. alternifolia have been found to contain up to 4% of essential oil, with the main components being fenchone and limonene[
1462
Title
An Ethnopharmacological Study of Medicinal Plants of the Kamilaroi and Muruwari Aboriginal Communities in Northern N
Publication
A Thesis submitted at Macquarie University
Author
Qian Liu
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
In particular it looks at Ethnopharacological information on the genera Eremurus and Exocarpus. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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An ethanol extract of the stems of E. alternifolia has been reported to cause weak inhibition of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), which is a causative virus of disease in immunosuppressed individuals and is associated with respiratory infections [Semple et al., ]. An ethanol extract from leaves of E. alternifolia was found to have antibacterial ctivity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) [Palombo and Semple, (2002]. Given that S. aureus is one of the inhabitants of the human upper respiratory tract and is associated with pathological conditions including pneumonia [Brock et al., ], the inhibitory activity of extracts of E. alternifolia against both S. aureus and HCMV provides support for the traditional uses of this plant as a remedy for respiratory conditions. The bioactive constituents responsible for the antiviral and antibacterial activities are still unknown[
1462
Title
An Ethnopharmacological Study of Medicinal Plants of the Kamilaroi and Muruwari Aboriginal Communities in Northern N
Publication
A Thesis submitted at Macquarie University
Author
Qian Liu
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
In particular it looks at Ethnopharacological information on the genera Eremurus and Exocarpus. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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The methanol extract of leaves of E. alternifolia has been found to have cardioactivity, from which the cardioactive compound verbascoside was isolated[
1462
Title
An Ethnopharmacological Study of Medicinal Plants of the Kamilaroi and Muruwari Aboriginal Communities in Northern N
Publication
A Thesis submitted at Macquarie University
Author
Qian Liu
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
In particular it looks at Ethnopharacological information on the genera Eremurus and Exocarpus. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. The seed can be difficult to germinate - exposing them to smoke prior to sowing can help, as can mechanically abrading some of the outer seedcoat to allow moisture to penetrate[
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Title
Growing Native Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/
Publisher
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of articles giving details of cultivation and matters of general interest (including a few plant uses) on over 250 Australian plants.
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first few winters outdoors.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 10cm with a heel, mid summer in a frame. They normally root within 3 - 4 weeks[
397
Title
Australian Native Plants Society
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://anpsa.org.au/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets on Australian plants. Good photographs, brief description and information on uses, habitat, range, cultivation etc.
]. Pot up in the autumn. Good percentage[
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Title
Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers.
Publication
 
Author
Sheat. W. G.
Publisher
MacMillan and Co
Year
1948
ISBN
-
Description
A bit dated but a good book on propagation techniques with specific details for a wide range of plants.
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Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2019-09-19. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Eremophila+alternifolia>

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