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Family: Goodeniaceae
Goodenia varia

Citation: R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 576 (1810).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Sticky goodenia.

Undershrub to 1 m high, somewhat viscid; stems prostrate to ascending, branched, slightly ridged and often varnished at first, becoming terete, glandular-pubescent to subglabrous; leaves cauline, subsessile or shortly petiolate, elliptic to orbicular, obtuse to subacute, 2-4 cm long, 1-2 cm wide, subentire to dentate, glandular.

Flowers in terminal leafy thyrses or racemes; bracts leaf-like but smaller; peduncles to 13 mm long, articulate directly below the ovary; bracteoles narrowly triangular, c. 1 mm long; sepals linear to narrow-oblong, 2-3.5 mm long, acute, glandular, adnate to the apex of the ovary; corolla 8-18 mm long, yellow, sometimes with 3 brown lines on each lobe, glabrous and varnished outside, subglabrous inside, with a distinct pocket about half the length of the ovary; wings subequal; auricles distinct; anthers c. 1 mm long; style 4-7 mm long, geniculate, glabrous or with a cluster of hairs at the apex; indusium broadly obovate, c. 1.5 mm long, c. 1.7 mm wide, glabrous, with a slightly curved orifice beset with short white bristles; ovary glandular, varnished; dissepiment about two-thirds the length of the ovary.

Capsule obovoid to cylindric, 8-10 mm long, 3-4 mm wide, varnished, with a flat glabrous apex; valves entire; seeds flat, oblong, 2-2.5 mm long, pale-brown, with a distinct rim and a very narrow wing.

image of FSA3_Goodenia_var.jpg Habit, flower and seed.
Image source: fig. 633d in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  In Triodia grassland, woodland, mallee and coastal heath.

S.Aust.: NU, GT, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: most of the year.

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Biology: Very variable in leaf shape and size and in habit, possibly consisting of several more or less recognisable ecotypes.

Author: Not yet available

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