Scaevola depauperata R.Br.

Skeleton Fan-flower

in Sturt, Narr. Exped. C. Australia 2 (Bot. App.): 83 (1849) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Rigid, erect shrub to 1 m high; stems striate, virtually glabrous. Basal leaves sessile, few, ovate-spathulate, to 60 mm long and 15 mm wide, toothed, soon withering; cauline leaves mostly reduced to recurved, ovate or triangular scales, 1–3 mm long. Flowers in loose thyrses or racemes to 20 cm long; peduncles 1–6 cm long, similar to branchlets; bracteoles triangular, 2–4 mm long. Sepals triangular, 1–4 mm long, connate at base, persistent; corolla 20–30 mm long, finely pubescent outside, densely bearded inside, cream to blue, wings to c. 1 mm wide; indusium depressed-obovate, with bristles at base equalling or exceeding those at orifice. Fruit ellipsoid, 5–8 mm long, ribbed, tuberculate, glabrescent. Flowers mainly Apr.–Dec.

LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP. Also NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Exceedingly rare in Victoria where known only from the Hattah area. A pre-1900 specimen labelled 'Swan Hill' is of dubious origin. Grows in deep sand mallee. Sometimes locally common following fire (mostly resprouting from rootstock), but usually becomes inconspicuous after a few years.

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, 2018-10-10
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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 depauperata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Scaevola depauperata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales