Scaevola L.

Description of the genus

Leaves alternate, entire (in ours). Inflorescences of pedunculate axillary cymes. Calyx shorter than the corolla. Corolla 5-lobed; lobes subequal with broad membranous margins. Ovary inferior, 2-locular, fleshy. Stigma surrounded by a cup-shaped membrane. Fruit a succulent drupe.

Derivation of name: after Mucius Scaevola, a Roman hero of the 6th Century BC

Worldwide: 96 species in tropical Indo-Pacific, mostly Australia, with a few species extending to America, Asia and Africa

Mozambique: 1 taxon.

Scaevola plumieri

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
plumieri (L.) VahlN,Z,MS,GI,MDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Scaevola:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Scaevola
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Scaevola
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Scaevola
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Scaevola
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Scaevola
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Scaevola
JSTOR Plant Science: Scaevola
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Scaevola
Plants of the World Online: Scaevola
Tropicos: Scaevola
Wikipedia: Scaevola

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Scaevola., retrieved 19 May 2024

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