Scaevola aemula R.Br.

Fairy Fan-flower

Prodr. 584 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent or ascending herb to 50 cm high; stems coarsely hispid with yellowish appressed hairs. Leaves shortly petiolate, obovate, 1–9 cm long, 4–30 mm wide, obtuse or acute, both surfaces appressed-pubescent, margins (of at least the lower leaves) coarsely toothed. Flowers sessile, in terminal leafy or bracteate spikes to c. 24 cm long; bracteoles lanceolate, 4.5–8 mm long. Sepals connate at base, lobes triangular, c. 0.5 mm long, ciliate; corolla 16–25 mm long, appressed-pubescent outside, bearded inside, lilac to bright blue, rarely white, yellowish in throat, wings 1–1.5 mm wide; indusium depressed-obovate, with a posterior tuft of long purplish bristles and long white bristles around orifice. Fruit ovoid, 3–4 mm long, rugose, pubescent. Flowers mainly Sep.–Apr.

DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuM, VAlp, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. In Victoria mostly in dry inland parts of the west but also known from the Gembrook-Noojee area and in the vicinity of Mallacoota Inlet. Usually on sandy soils in mallee formations or open-forests, but on loamy soils in eastern ranges, often colonizing bare ground.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Goodeniaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Goodeniaceae
genus Scaevola
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Scaevola aemula in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Scaevola aemula in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory