Beach cabbage

Scaevola taccada (Goodeniaceae)

Characteristics

Shrub, up to 4 m tall. Typical of littoral zones where it grows very close to the sea exposed to the salt spray, usually on sandy soil. Leaves slightly succulent, about 20 cm long, crowded at the stem tips, glabrous. Flowers, white, bloom whole year round, flowers fan-like shape. Fruits, white, float in seawater and are propagated by ocean currents. Beach cabbage is one of the pioneer plants in new sandbanks and atolls in tropical areas.

Distribution

Native to coastal locations in the tropical areas of the Indo-Pacific. It is a common beach shrub throughout the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the tropical islands of the Pacific Ocean

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

In some islands of the Pacific, Beach cabbage is used to prevent coastal erosion as well as for landscaping. It is also planted on the beach crests to protect other cultivated plants from the salt spray.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species