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Scaevola nitida R.Br.
Shining Fanflower

Prodr. 584 (1810)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Erect shrub, 0.3-3 m high. Fl. blue-purple, Aug to Dec. White or grey sand, clay. Coastal limestone cliffs & dunes.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 20 March 1996

Scientific Description

Stems ribbed. Leaves flat, 15-65 mm long, 5-28 mm wide, Indumentum absent (leaves glabrous); margins entire or toothed. Bracteoles present, 6-8 mm long, glabrous. Pedicel absent (flowers sessile). Calyx lobes present, Calyx length 7-9 mm long, glabrous. Corolla blue or purple, 15-17 mm long, without auricles, not spurred, glabrous on the outside, hairy on the inside; central lobes 7-9 mm long, with wings; outer lobes 6.5-9.5 mm long, wing present on both sides and clearly unequal, 1-2 mm wide on the narrower side, 1.4-2 mm wide on the broader side. Anthers free. Ovary inferior, not gibbose; style 7-9 mm long, rarely hairy; indusium single, hairy; ovules one or two. Flowers in August, September, October, November and December. Occurs in the Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Jarrah Forest (JF), Warren (WAR) and Esperance Plains (ESP) IBRA Region(s), of the South West (SW) Botanical Province.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 2 August 2023


IBRA Regions
Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Fitzgerald, Lesueur Sandplain, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Augusta Margaret River, Busselton, Cambridge, Cockburn, Coorow, Cranbrook, Dandaragan, Denmark, Fremantle, Gingin, Joondalup, Manjimup, Murray, Nannup, Nedlands, Rockingham, Wanneroo.