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Common Eutaxia

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Scientific Name:Eutaxia microphylla


Australian native.

Plant Description:

A prostrate and dense to spreading shrub, growing from 1-1.5 m tall and sometimes with the smaller branches ending in a spine. Leaves are small, grey-green, blunt tipped and incurved, from 1.5-5 mm long and 0.1-1 mm wide, arranged in alternating, opposite pairs, along the stems.

Flowers are 5-6 mm long and solitary or occasionally paired on flower-stalks 1-2 mm long. The largest (standard) petal is yellow, often streaked with purple or red, the wings petals yellow and the keel purple or dark red. The fruit is capsule, 4-5 mm long, containing 1-2 dark brown seeds.


Growing in Mallee scrub, woodland communities, open coastal shrub-land or on the margins of swamps, lakes and wetlands, including salted areas.

RegionSalinity ClassWaterlogging Class
Mallee, Central and Northern, Wimmera, Western, GippslandS0, *S1W0, W1, W2
*sometimes fringing saline environments
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