Scaevola enantophylla (Goodeniaceae)

Scaevola enantophylla

This Queensland endemic is a curious member of the Fan Flower (Goodeniaceae) family firstly because it is a climber and secondly because it inhabits rain forest. It has therefore been named descriptively the Climbing Fan Flower. Many of the other members of the Fan Flower family are either shrubs or herbs and usually inhabiting heath or drier forest, with the exception of Sea Lettuce (Scaevola taccada), of course, which is an archetypal shore plant.

Being a member of a botanical family one would rarely expect to see as a vine, this plant can be notoriously difficult to identify when not in flower. However there are a few features, and their combination that set it apart from other climbers. The leaves have a somewhat fleshy feel and they are toothed (sometimes only mildly) at the margins. The leaves are also arranged in an opposite manner and there is a curious ridge at the node where the leaf stalks meet.

The habitat can be quite instructive as well because it seems to be partial to wetter environments. So far I have seen it on rainforest margins and most often in tall open eucalypt forest.

Scaevola enantophylla


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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2 Responses to Scaevola enantophylla (Goodeniaceae)

  1. Andrew Mitchell says:

    Thanks David, I found some on Lake Morris Road and was wondering what it was. The specimens I found were growing as a rambling groundcover and looked a bit like a native version of Spagneticola.

    • David Tng says:

      My pleasure Andrew. Yes, it’s hard imagining a vine Scaevola, having been accustomed to the genus as mostly being herbs. Was pretty stoked when I first saw it with flowers

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