Scaevola spinescens: is known as the Spiny Fan Flower and belongs to the Goodeniaceae family. This rigid shrub, with tangled branches, reaches a height of two metres. Young growth is soft and hairy. The branches develop spiny tips (hence the botanical and common name). The leaves are linear to obovate without a stem. The flowers are solitary, fan-shaped (hence the latter part of the common name), white with a yellow centre and carried for most of the year. The blooms are said to be often sparse and inconspicuous.
Scaevola spinescens is a variable species and is found in all mainland states, usually in drier areas.
Propagate from seed or cuttings that may take some time to strike.
The image is of a plant growing near Cobar in western
. We discovered a large population growing in an abandoned quarry with other inland plants. New South Wales
We do not agree that the flowers are sparse and inconspicuous. The plants near Cobar were covered in flowers and clearly visible from some distance. Also the flowers are perfumed. None of our references mention this desirable characteristic.
The Spiny Fan Flower could be cultivated in a well-drained shrubbery. The plants are prickly so keep them away from paths.
As far as we know this is the only Scaevola with prickly foliage.