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Scaevola sericea (beach naupaka)

Synonyms: Lobelia frutescens; Lobelia koenigii; Lobelia piliplena; Lobelia sericea; Lobelia sericea var. koenigii; Lobelia taccada; Lobelia velutina; Roemeria lobelia; Scaevola bela-modagam; Scaevola billardieri; Scaevola chlorantha; Scaevola collina; Scaevola fauriei; Scaevola frutescens; Scaevola frutescens f. glabra; Scaevola frutescens f. moomomiana; Scaevola frutescens var. koenigii; Scaevola frutescens var. sericea; Scaevola koenigii; Scaevola koenigii var. glabra; Scaevola lambertiana; Scaevola lativaga; Scaevola leschenaultii; Scaevola lobelia; Scaevola macrocalyx; Scaevola piliplena; Scaevola plumerioides; Scaevola plumieri; Scaevola sericea f. moomomiana; Scaevola sericea f. saintjohnii; Scaevola sericea var. fauriei; Scaevola sericea var. taccada; Scaevola taccada; Scaevola taccada f. moomomiana; Scaevola taccada f. punicea; Scaevola taccada var. bryanii; Scaevola taccada var. fauriei; Scaevola taccada var. sericea; Scaevola velutina

Wikipedia Abstract

Scaevola taccada, also known as beach cabbage, sea lettuce, beach naupaka, naupaka kahakai (Hawaiian), magoo (Divehi), merambong (Malay) and ngahu (Tongan) is a flowering plant in the family Goodeniaceae found in coastal locations in the tropical areas of the Indo-Pacific. It is a common beach shrub throughout the Arabian Sea, the tropical Indian Ocean and the tropical Islands of the Pacific.
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Invasive Species

Beach naupaka (Scaevola sericea) is a dominant shrub species present in tropical and subtropical coastal environments, including sand dune, mangrove and seagrape habitats and ruderal land. Native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, it has become an invasive coastal plant in sand dune ecosystems in the Cayman Islands and Florida, USA, where it forms dense monospecific mounds and out-competes and displaces native plants.
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Height [1]  9.8 feet (3 m)
Screening - Summer [1]  Dense
Screening - Winter [1]  Dense
Hardiness Zone Minimum [1]  USDA Zone: 10 Low Temperature: 30 F° (-1.1 C°) → 40 F° (4.4 C°)
Light Preference [1]  Mixed Sun/Shade
Soil Acidity [1]  Neutral
Soil Fertility [1]  Intermediate
Water Use [1]  Low
Flower Color [1]  White
Foliage Color [1]  Green
Fruit Color [1]  White
Flower Conspicuous [1]  Yes
Bloom Period [1]  Indeterminate
Drought Tolerance [1]  High
Fire Tolerance [1]  Medium
Frost Free Days [1]  1 year
Fruit/Seed Abundance [1]  Medium
Fruit/Seed Begin [1]  Year Round
Fruit/Seed End [1]  Year Round
Growth Form [1]  Single Stem
Growth Period [1]  Year Round
Growth Rate [1]  Moderate
Leaf Type [1]  Evergreen
Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Propagation [1]  Bare Root, Container, Cutting, Seed
Root Depth [1]  20 inches (51 cm)
Seed Spread Rate [1]  Moderate
Seed Vigor [1]  Medium
Seeds Per [1]  6540 / lb (14418 / kg)
Shape/Orientation [1]  Semi-Erect
Structure [2]  Shrub
Vegetative Spread Rate [1]  Slow

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve 144062 Australia      


Aldabrachelys gigantea (Aldabra giant tortoise)[3]
Aonidiella aurantii (California red scale)[4]
Aplonis panayensis (Asian Glossy Starling)[5]
Aplonis tabuensis (Polynesian starling)[5]
Coccus viridis (green coffee scale)[4]
Empyreuma affinis[6]
Eucalymnatus tessellatus (tessellated scale)[4]
Hemiberlesia lataniae (latania scale)[7]
Icerya purchasi (cottony cushion scale)[4]
Junonia villida (Meadow Argus)[6]
Megalorhipida leucodactylus[8]
Ortalis vetula (Plain Chachalaca)[5]
Parasaissetia nigra (nigra scale)[7]
Vini stepheni (Stephen's Lorikeet)[9]


Pollinated by 
Apis mellifera (honey bee)[10]
Phelsuma ornata (ornate day gecko)[10]
Xylocopa fenestrata[10]


North America; Oceania;



Attributes / relations provided by
1USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Plant Dispersal by the Aldabran Giant Tortoise, Geochelone gigantea (Schweigger), S.H. Hnatiuk, Oecologia (Berl.) 36, 345-350 (1978)
4Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
5del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
6HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
7Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
8Review of the Neotropical species of the family Pterophoridae, part I: Ochyroticinae, Deuterocopinae, Pterophorinae (Platyptiliini, Exelastini, Oxyptilini) (Lepidoptera), C. Gielis, Zool. Med. Leiden 80 (2006)
9TREVELYAN, R. (1995), "The feeding ecology of Stephen's lory and nectar availability in its food plants". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 56: 185–197.
10Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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