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Common fan-flower, or fairy fan-flower, is native to Australia. Different references suggest different distributions: the Flora of Australia only lists New South Wales and Victoria, while other references suggest South Australia and Western Australia as well. Not surprisingly, the number of species in different references ranges from 90 to 130 as well, so there is apparently some taxonomic confusion. This may help explain the uncertain distribution.
Australia National Botanical Garden’s Growing Native Plants has a detailed entry on growing Scaevola aemula, though I note another discrepancy: Scaevola is defined here as “left-handed” (referring to the “one-sided feature of the fan shaped corolla”), whereas the Flora of Australia entry for Scaevola defines it as “little-handed”, suggesting that the “(dried) flowers are supposed to resemble a withered hand”. Scaevi- does mean left-handed, though, so it seems to me that the Flora of Australia is off on this particular term.