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Threatened species

Fan Flower - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Scaevola collaris
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 07 Jan 2019


Hairless erect perennial subshrub to 50 cm high. Leaves are succulent, grey, straight or wider at the tip, 1-8.5 cm long and 1-9 mm wide. The margins of the leaves are smooth, or toothed. The flowers occur at the base of the leaves, 6-17mm long, cream to mauve. The fruit is elliptical, 8-26 mm long, hairless, with a beak to 6 mm long, ribbed.


In NSW the species has only been recorded from the Yandama Creek track on the Callabonna-Frome outflow, in the far north west. It is not clear whether the specimen was collected in NSW or SA. However the habitat is similar so the species is likely to occur in NSW.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in arid areas, usually on saline soils around salt lakes, and on sand and gypsum dunes and dry creek beds. No herbarium records were found from NSW, however interstate specimens are all from salt lake, floodplain and claypan habitats.
  • Associated species include Nitraria billardierei, Acacia salicina, Acacia ligulata, Acacia victoriae subsp. arida, Calandrinia remota, Myriocephalus stuartii, Zygophyllum and Sclerostegia species and other samphires.
  • Flowers chiefly from May to November or year-round. Nectar observed to attract flies and beetles in one population.
  • Usually recorded as common to abundant in populations.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Other StateSA Known None
Simpson Strzelecki DunefieldsStrzelecki Desert Predicted None