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Family: Goodeniaceae
Goodenia humilis

Citation: R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 575 (1810).

Synonymy: Goodenia graminifolia, Goodenia nana

Common name: Swamp goodenia.

Perennial herb 2-10 rarely to 16 cm high, with a compact rootstock; leaves basal, forming an ascending rosette, narrowly oblanceolate to linear, rarely obovate, gradually attenuate into an indistinct petiole, 2-10 cm long, 3-6 rarely to 10 mm wide, entire or sparsely dentate, thick, villous-pubescent at first but glabrescent; stems 1-10 rarely to 16 cm high, ascending, weak, terete or subterete, pubescent to glabrescent.

Flowers in a terminal thyrse or raceme often with a slightly flexuose axis; bracts linear, 5-14 mm long, c. 1 mm wide; peduncles 1-3 cm long, villous-pubescent to glabrescent, articulate near the ovary; bracteoles linear, 3-4 mm long; sepals lanceolate to subulate, 1.5-3 mm long, pubescent, adnate to the ovary almost to its apex; corolla 8-12 mm long, yellow, densely villous-pubescent outside, subglabrous inside, with an obscure pocket to three-quarters the length of the ovary; wings broad, but reduced on the lower edges of the posterior lobes; auricles prominent, often purplish; anthers 1.5-2 mm long; style c. 5 mm long, bent, with a few hairs; indusium more or less square, c. 1.5 mm long, glabrous, with a straight orifice beset with white bristles; ovary pubescent; dissepiment about three-quarters the length of the ovary.

Capsule ovoid, c. 3 mm long, c. 1.6 mm wide, pubescent; valves entire; seeds biconvex, orbicular, c. 0.5 mm diam., yellow-brown, foveolate, shiny, with an indistinct rim and vestigial wing.

image of FSA3_Goodenia_hum.jpg Habit, flower and seed.
Image source: fig. 631g in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cochrane et al. (1968) Flowers and plants of Victoria, fig. 61.

Distribution:  Swamps and seasonally wet ground.

S.Aust.: SL, SE.   Vic.; Tas.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Nov. — March.

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