Grows around hilly and rocky areas of Central Australia – lots around Alice Springs
Used by Aboriginal people of Central Australia to relieve eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis & itchy dry irritated skin.
Arrethe, also known as rock fuchsia bush or limestone fuchsia (Eremophila freelingii), is a native Australian shrub thriving in arid and semi-arid regions, particularly in areas with limestone soils. Growing up to 2 meters in height, it features lance-shaped leaves and distinctive tubular flowers ranging from pink to purple. Adapting to harsh conditions, Arrethe plays a crucial ecological role by providing habitat and food for native wildlife. It possesses adaptations such as deep root systems to cope with limited water resources. The plant holds cultural significance in some indigenous Australian communities, potentially used for medicinal purposes or in cultural practices. The conservation status varies based on location, with threats including habitat degradation and altered fire regimes impacting arid region flora.