Scaevola albida (Sm.) Druce

Small-fruit Fan-flower

Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 1916 suppl. 2. 644 (1917) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate or ascending herb to 50 cm high; stems pubescent with antrorse hairs or glabrous. Leaves shortly petiolate, obovate to elliptic, 0.5–5 cm long, 1–25 mm wide, obtuse or acute, both surfaces appressed-pubescent to glabrescent, margins entire to toothed. Flowers sessile in upper axils, forming terminal leafy spikes to c. 25 cm long; bracteoles narrow-elliptic, 3–9 mm long. Sepals almost free, triangular, c. 0.5 mm long, ciliate; corolla 5–12 mm long, appressed-pubescent outside, sparsely bearded inside, pale blue or white, wings to 1 mm wide; indusium broad-triangular, with a posterior tuft of short white or purplish bristles and short white bristles around orifice. Fruit ellipsoid, 2–4 mm long, rugose, glabrous or pubescent. Flowers mainly Oct.–Jan.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HNF, OtP, OtR, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro. Scattered across southern Victoria, usually on sandy soil in near-coastal scrubs and woodlands, sometimes colonizing bare ground (road embankments etc.).

Some authors recognize 2 distinct taxa within this variable species. Scaevola albida var. pallida differs from the type variety by its generally prostrate habit, glabrous style, shorter and narrower leaves and smaller white or very pale blue flowers. These features are variable, however, and intermediates occur.

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.
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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 albida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Scaevola albida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory