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Scaevola tomentosa Gaudich.
Raggedleaf Fanflower

Freyc., Voy.Uranie [Freycinet] 460 (1829)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Divaricate shrub, 0.2-2 m high, with dense, stellate indumentum. Fl. yellow/orange-brown-red, May to Oct. Sandy soils, limestone. Sand dunes, coastal plains.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 8 February 2000

Scientific Description

Stems unribbed. Leaves flat, 15-50 mm long, 7-10 mm wide, Indumentum present, with dense, stellate hairs; margins toothed. Bracteoles absent. Pedicel pedicellate, Pedicel length the pedicels 7-10 mm long, Indumentum present, Hair type with stellate hairs. Calyx lobes present, Calyx length 3-8 mm long, hairy, with dense, stellate hairs. Corolla red or orange, 20-27 mm long, without auricles, not spurred, hairy on the outside, with dense, stellate hairs, hairy on the inside; central lobes 4.5-5 mm long, with wings; outer lobes 4.5-7 mm long, wing present on both sides and clearly unequal, 0.4-0.5 mm wide on the narrower side, 0.6-0.7 mm wide on the broader side. Anthers free. Ovary inferior, not gibbose; style 24-25 mm long, hairy; indusium single, hairy; ovules one or two. Flowers in May, June, July, August, September and October. Occurs in the Murchison (MUR), Carnarvon (CAR) and Geraldton Sandplains (GS) IBRA Region(s), of the Eremaean (E) and South West (SW) Botanical Province.

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


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Carnarvon, Gascoyne, Geraldton Sandplains, Murchison, Yalgoo.
IBRA Subregions
Cape Range, Carnegie, Eastern Murchison, Edel, Geraldton Hills, Merredin, Tallering, Western Murchison, Wooramel.
IMCRA Regions
Central West Coast, Pilbara (nearshore), Shark Bay, Zuytdorp.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Carnarvon, Chapman Valley, Cue, Exmouth, Greater Geraldton, Meekatharra, Mingenew, Morawa, Murchison, Northampton, Shark Bay, Wiluna, Yalgoo.