Scaevola spinescens R.Br.

Prickly Fan-flower

Prodr. 586 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rigid, divaricate shrub to 2 m high, greyish when young; stems with simple or forked spines, glabrous or with branched scurfy hairs. Leaves sessile, often clustered, linear to obovate, 10–35 mm long, 1–6 mm wide, obtuse, glabrous or tomentose, margins entire. Flowers solitary in leaf-axils; peduncles slender, 5–20 mm long; bracteoles linear, 2–5 mm long, immediately below ovary. Sepals to c. 1 mm long; corolla 9–16 mm long, glabrous or scurfy outside, densely bearded inside, white or yellowish, sometimes with purple veins, wings to c. 1 mm wide, laciniate; indusium depressed-obovate, with scattered hairs above. Fruit ovoid to obovoid, 5–8 mm long, fleshy, glabrous, black or purplish. Flowers throughout the year.

LoM, MuM, RobP. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria confined to the far north-west and rather rare, occurring in mallee, Black Box or Belah woodland on sandy or clay soils.

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, 2018-08-01
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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 spinescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Scaevola spinescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales