Australian Native Plants

  Eutaxia microphylla (Common Eutaxia)


Eutaxia microphylla photo
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Description and Habitat information is sourced from: State of Victoria (Agriculture Victoria), Victorian Resources Online,http://vro.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/water_sip_scientific_a Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



COMMON EUTAXIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Eutaxia microphylla in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Common Eutaxia

Other Names
Egg and Bacon Plant

Description
Common Eutaxia is 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.

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

Distribution
Eutaxia microphylla is found in southern South Australia, north-eastern Tasmania, west Victoria, central southern parts of New South Wales.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 0.5 - 1
Spread (m): 1 - 1.5
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 400
Flower Colour: yellow, brown
Flower Season: spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Wildlife Interest
butterflies, nectar, foliage caterpillar food

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Fabales
Family:Fabaceae
Genus:Eutaxia
Species:microphylla
Common Name:Common Eutaxia