Common name: Alpine Fan Flower, Creeping Fan Flower
Scaevola hookeri (de Vriese) F.Muell. & Hook.f. APNI*
Description: Prostrate perennial herb with stolons to 30 cm long rooting at nodes, often forming mats, with spreading simple hairs.
Leaves ovate to oblong, 0.6–5 cm long, 2–15 mm wide, margins usually entire; sessile.
Flowers in leafy racemes mostly to 10 cm long; stalks to 8 mm long; bracts triangular, to 4 mm long; bracteoles elliptic to oblong, 4–6 mm long, entire or toothed. Sepals minute or obsolete. Corolla 5–8 mm long, white or blue usually yellowish in throat, hairy with spreading hairs outside, sparsely pubescent inside with all hairs simple; wings to 1 mm wide. Anthers glabrous. Indusium depressed-obovate, to 2 mm wide, with some stiff bristles on upper surface; lips glabrous or nearly so.
Fruit obovoid, to 2.5 mm long, pubescent, wrinkled, often 1-seeded.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in grassland and woodland at higher altitudes down to sea level; south from Ebor area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by R. C. Carolin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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