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These pages will feature some of the wildflowers we have photographed in Western Australia, and where possible, identified.  If you are able to help identify further flowers, or correct any I may have wrong, please contact us.
Information given for each species will give botanical name, known common names, describe the flower, give time of year it flowered, and where it was photographed, and the areas it occurs in.  Names have been matched to Florabase which has also been used to show distribution.
See some of these wildflower in larger sized photos on our Flickr pages.
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Scaevola canescens Grey Scaevola
White five petalled flowers in a fan shape on a small bush with elongated leaves.
Lancelin, coastal Wheatbelt region, Western Australia and grows along the coastal strip from Shark Bay to Bunbury
Scaevola crassifolia Thick-leaved Fan-flower
White, pale blue or lilac five petalled flowers in a fan shape on a bush with fleshy rounded leaves with a slightly serrated edge 
At left seen in September at Port Gregory, Mid West region, Western Australia
Second left seen in March at Augusta, South West region, Western Australia
Below seen in March at the coast near Margaret River, South West region, Western Australia
This Scaevola species can occur close to the coast all the way from Eighty Mile Beach through to Eucla, favouring coastal dunes and limestone cliffs 
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Scaevola calliptera, Royal Robe
Purple five petalled flowers with a yellow centre, and petals spread out more evenly than the one sides fans of other Scaevola.  On a low growing creeping plant with 'hairy' leaves.  Similar to Dampiera varieties, this flower is slightly larger. 
Spring and has a long flowering season.
Bridgetown, South West Region, Western Australia and found through the South West region, and from Perth to Albany
Scaevola glandulifera, Viscid Hand-flower
A lilac fan flower with white centre. Fleshy hairy leaves along the stems as can be seen in the photos above. November December
Bridgetown, South West region, Western Australia and found through the Mid West, Wheatbelt, South West and Great Southern regions
Scaevola, and this flower may be a colour variation of Scaevola calliptera above.
This plant had flowers of varying degrees of lilac and mauve.  Purple Scaevola calliptera were adjacent. 
Bridgetown, South West Region, Western Australia
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Samolus junceus
Small white flowers on a tall and flexible stem, with little or no foliage (see photo at left).  Usually only one or two flowers at a time per stem.  Arrow shaped appearance stamens. 
November to January
Bridgetown, South West Region, Western Australia and occurs in the coastal strip from Exmouth to Esperance, throughout the South West and lower Great Southern regions, favouring winter wet or swampy locations
Scaevola spinescens, Currant Bush, Prickly Fan-flower, Maroon Bush, Murin Murin, Poontoo
Small white fan flowers on a bush with slender flat leaves, with thorns along the stems
Mullewa, Mid West region, Western Australia and occurs through most of the state including the desert regions, but with the exception of the south west corner including much of the Wheatbelt, and excluding the Kimberley apart from the coastal areas around Broome.
Under the name Maroon Bush, it is well known as a herbal tea said to cure some cancers and other ailments.  See Natural Cancer Treatment and Medicinal potential of Scaevola spinescens   
"Scaevola" means "left handed" in Latin, with the placement of the five petals of the flower resembling a hand.  Due to the shape, Scaevola are also called Fan Flowers. 
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