Stenochilus maculatus Ker Gawl.
Bondtia maculata Kuntze
Common Name: Spotted Emubush
Eremophila maculata is an evergreen shrub growing about 2 metres tall.
The plant is occasionally gathered from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Australia - scattered through all mainland areas.
Clayey soils in the more arid regions[
]. Grows in a variety of communities, mainly on heavy clay to clay loams of river and creek floodplains[
Eremophila maculata is a plant of drier regions in the tropical, subtropical and warm temperate zones of Australia, where it is said to be able to withstand occasional short-lived temperatures down to around -7°c[
The plant has been used as a remedy for colds[
A methanol extract of the leaves has been reported to have antibacterial activity against the Gram-positive bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes and Bacillus cereus at a concentration of 10 mg/ml, but the bioactive compounds have not been described[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. 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, July/August in a frame. Pot up in the autumn. Good percentage[