Rock Fuchsia Bush

Category: Flora

Scientific Name:

Eremophila freelingii

Arrernte Name:

Arrethe

Conservation Status:

Least Concern (LC)

Growing up to 1.5m, this species produces large lilac flowers after rains and sheds its lower leaves to conserve moisture during drought. Common on the ranges and hills around Alice Springs; it also extends to the northern Flinders Ranges in SA, western Qld and northwards to Tennant
Creek.
Medicinal:
An important medicinal plant for Arrernte people. Its leaves are either burnt and the smoke inhaled, or steeped in water and drunk to treat skin ailments or headaches. A rubbing medicine is also made from the leaves to treat flu and chest infections.