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Family: Goodeniaceae
Goodenia heteromera

Citation: F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 1:115 (1859).

Synonymy: Goodenia heteromera

Common name: Spreading goodenia.

Stoloniferous perennial herb forming dense mats to 2 m diam.; stems 4-20 cm long, naked, pubescent to glabrescent, arching or stolonlike; basal leaves forming persistent rosettes, narrowly oblanceolate to lanceolate, shortly petiolate, acute, 3-8 cm long, 3-8 mm wide, entire or with a few remote teeth or lobes, sparsely pubescent with coarse appressed hairs, often also with microscopic glandular hairs; axils densely villous.

Flowers in subumbellate groups; bracts leaf-like, forming terminal rosettes; peduncles ascending, 1-3 cm long, pubescent, villous near the apex; bracteoles absent; sepals narrow-lanceolate, c. 3 mm long, pubescent, adnate to the ovary for about half its length; corolla 9-11 mm long, yellow, coarsely pubescent outside and near the base inside, with a vestigial pocket less than half the length of the ovary; wings short and broad, but reduced to prominent basal auricles on the lower edges of the posterior lobes; anthers c. 1.3 mm long; style c. 2 mm long, straight, glabrous; indusium square, c. 2 mm long, with an almost straight orifice beset with white bristles; ovary appressed-pubescent; dissepiment about two-thirds the length of the ovary; capsule obovoid, 4-6 mm long, sparsely pubescent with a glabrous beak; valves entire; seeds almost flat, orbicular, c. 2 mm diam., brown, foveolate, with a raised rim and a narrow pale wing.

image of FSA3_Goodenia_heterom.jpg Habit, flower and seed.
Image source: fig. 631f in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 634.

Distribution:  On periodically flooded river banks and flats.

S.Aust.: NW, LE, NL, MU, SE.   Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Sept. — Jan.

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Biology: The status of the variety deminuta J. Black (1927) Trans. R.Soc. S. Aust. 51:385 is doubtful; it has never been recorded from S. Aust.

Author: Not yet available

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