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Eremophila nivea

Silky eremophila

About the plant

Eremophila nivea is a rare shrub endemic to Western Australia. Although rare in the wild, this species is becoming popular as a feature plant in dry climate gardens.

  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
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Facts

  • Silvery woolly foliage
  • Blue, purple or violet flowers
  • Can grow up to 2m tall

Names

Eremophila comes from the Greek eremos (desert) and phileo (to love), making ‘desert loving’, referring to the habitat of many of the genus. Nivea comes from Latin niveus, which is ‘of the snow’ or ‘snow-white’, referring to the overall appearance of the shrub.


Dangerous roads

Some of the remaining populations of E.nivea occur on road verges. This makes them vulnerable to road maintenance and land management practices.

Recovery programmes are in place to raise awareness with land managers to make sure they don’t remove important plants. Measures include placing Declared Rare Flora markers and posters, prompting local government workers and farmers to consider how to protect the rare plants before spraying or slashing an area.

Conservation of roadside habitat is an important story in Australia – the analogue of hedgerow conservation in the UK.

  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Click on icon to reveal more