Burra or Emubush
- A rounded shrub.
- Size: up to 2 m.
- Leaves: The glossy bright green leaves are up to 8 cm long and 2 cm wide. The leaves and stems are covered with a lacquer-like substance. Pillar-like outgrowths on the leaves are breathing pores.
- Flowers: Cream-coloured with white spots. Two of the four stamens hang outside the end of the flower. The bright pink fleshy sepals provide a colourful show after the petals have dropped.
What to Observe
- First fully open single flower
- Full flowering (record all days)
- End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)
- Not flowering
ClimateWatch Science Advisor
We expect plants to start shooting and flowering earlier in the year as a result of climate change warming the Earth. They may also start appearing in new areas, as warmer temperatures enable them to live in environments that were previously too cold for them.
When To Look
- March to November
Where To Look
- In Western Australia ranging from the Ashburton River and the Hamersley Range south to Paynes Find and Laverton.
- Burra grows on floodplains, in watercourses and on stony plains and hills. It associates with mulga and other acacias. It is common on intergroves and alluvial plains.
Napier J & van Leeuwen S. 2008. Common Plants of the Pilbara. Department of Environment and Conservation.
Woodley M et al. Wangalili Yindjibarndi and Ngarluma Plants. Juluwaru Aboriginal Corporation.
It is unmistakeable in the field and cannot be confused with any other in the Pilbara.
Did You Know?
Burra would make an attractive garden plant but it is hard to propagate.
Burra is one of the most distinct Pilbara shrubs and is easily spotted from the road.