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Family: Goodeniaceae
Goodenia geniculata

Citation: R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 577 (1810).

Synonymy: G. primulacea Schldl., Linnaea 20:601 (1847).

Common name: Bent goodenia, native primrose.

Tufted perennial herb with rhizome or an erect branched rootstock, often stoloniferous; leaves mostly in a basal rosette, linear to oblanceolate, narrowed but not distinctly petiolate at the base, obtuse to acute, 3-10 cm long, 3-10 mm wide, remotely dentate to denticulate or entire, hirsute with stiff yellowish hairs, sometimes also slightly cobwebby below.

Flowers solitary in the axils, forming a leafy raceme; peduncles 3-10cm long, hirsute, not articulate, often geniculate at the bracteoles in fruit; bracteoles linear, c. 5 mm long; sepals narrow-oblong, 4-5 mm long, hirsute, adnate to the ovary for three-quarters of its length; corolla 14-16 mm long, yellow, hirsute outside, villous inside, with an obscure pocket about half the length of the ovary: wings subequal; auricles prominent, finely barbellate; anthers c. 1 mm long; style 4-5 mm long, geniculate, villous; indusium transversely oblong, c. I mm long, c. 1.8 mm wide, strongly folded, the orifice beset with long white bristles; ovary villous; dissepiment half as long as the ovary.

Capsule ovoid, to 1 cm long, c. 7 mm wide, hirsute to glabrescent with a glabrous beak; valves entire Or shortly split; seeds flat, elliptic, c. 3.5 mm long, microscopically aculeate, yellow-brown, with a thickened rim and a vestigial wing.

image of FSA3_Goodenia_gen.jpg Habit, flower and seed.
Image source: fig. 631a in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  In forests, woodlands and grasslands.

S.Aust.: EP, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   Vic.; Tas.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: most of the year.

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Biology: Variable in size and leaf shape, and closely related to G. blackiana with which it possibly hybridises.

Author: Not yet available

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