Scaevola taccada

COMMON NAME

Naupaka or Beach Cabbage

TYPE

​Shrub

FAMILY

Goodeniaceae

NOTES

One of the most widely used of all native plants for commercial and residential landscapes in HawaiĘ»i. A dense, thicket-forming, evergreen shrub that typically grows in a rounded but spreading mound to 3-10' tall and to 6-15' wide.   Branches will root where they touch the ground, which means this aggressive shrub can spread easily, and can be, in the right circumstances, a good shrub for erosion control. Seeds are spread by birds and by water (seeds are buoyant). Glossy bright green leaves (to 6" long) are obovate (broad rounded tips).

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Indo-Pacific Basin

NATIVE HABITAT

Typically found growing close to the water on sandy or rocky soils exposed to salt spray.

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

tropical.theferns.info

missouribotanicalgarden.org



Scaevola taccada