Scaevola taccada (Sea Lettuce) (Goodeniaceae)

Scaevola taccada (Sea Lettuce)

An unmistakable plant of the strand line, this vibrant and often dense shrub is a characteristic component of seashores in Southeast Asia and here and is easily recognized by its light green spathulate leaves and ‘half’ or ‘fan’ flowers. The ‘fan’-like flowers are characteristic of the Goodeniaceae family. The fruits are white berries the juice of which were used in Asia to relieve sore eyes.


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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