Royal poverty bush (Eremophila cuneifolia) in the Western Australian rangelands

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Royal poverty bush (Eremophila cuneifolia) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

This page provides a summary of the plant's value for pastoralism. Pastoral lessees and station managers can use this information to assess pasture condition and trend.

Indicator value

Royal poverty bush is not recognised as having any indicator value.

Forage value

Livestock sometimes browse the maturing flowers at the close of winter. 


Stony uplands, alkaline soils

General description

Royal poverty bush is a flat-topped and spreading shrub that can grow to 1–1.5m, depending on the soil association. The plant structure is coarse and stiff with branches that appear rough because of the relic bases of old leaves. The leaves are olive or dark green, wedge-shaped and have a blunt tip. The individual leaf size varies but can be up to about 14mm wide. The leaf surface is covered with fine, very short hairs. The flowers are deep purple or violet and the sepals below the flower can be yellow, reddened or mauve-brown. The sepals persist and become enlarged after the flowers fall.

Contact information

Kath Ryan
+61 (0)8 9166 4015
Matthew Fletcher
+61 (0)8 9166 4019

Royal poverty bush (Eremophila cuneifolia) in the Western Australian rangelands