Scaevola gracilis

Scaevola gracilis is a plant in the family Goodeniaceae,[2] native to the Kermadec Islands and Tonga.[4][5]

Scaevola gracilis
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Naturally Uncommon (NZ TCS)[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Goodeniaceae
Genus: Scaevola
S. gracilis
Binomial name
Scaevola gracilis

Lobelia gracilis (Hook.f.) Kuntze

It was first described in 1856 by Joseph Dalton Hooker.[2][3] In 1998, William Russell Sykes united the Tongan Scaevola porrecta with the Kermadec Islands S. gracilis.[5] The specific epithet, gracilis, is a Latin adjective meaning "slender".[6]

Conservation statusEdit

In both 2009 and 2012 it was deemed to be "At Risk - Naturally Uncommon"[7] under the New Zealand Threat Classification System, and this New Zealand classification was reaffirmed in 2018 (due to its restricted range), but with the further comment that it is safe overseas.[1]


  1. ^ a b de Lange, P.J. et al. (2017) "Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017" (PDF). p. 48. Retrieved 6 October 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c "NZOR Name Details - Scaevola gracilis Hook.f." Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b Hooker, J.D. (1856) Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society, Botany. 1: 129, London
  4. ^ a b "Scaevola gracilis F.Muell. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science". Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b Sykes, W. R. (1998). "Scaevola gracilis (Goodeniaceae) in the Kermadec Islands and Tonga". New Zealand Journal of Botany. 36 (4): 671–673. doi:10.1080/0028825X.1998.9512604. ISSN 0028-825X. pdf
  6. ^ Stearn, W.T. (2004) "Botanical Latin" 4th ed, p.421, Timber Press, Portland Oregon.
  7. ^ "Scaevola gracilis | New Zealand Plant Conservation Network". Retrieved 11 February 2020.

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