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Family: Goodeniaceae
Goodenia modesta

Citation: F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 8:56 (1873).

Synonymy: G. erecta Ewart & O.B. Davies, Fl. North. Terr. 265 (1917).

Common name: None

Perennial herb or subshrub to 30 cm high, with a robust branched rootstock; stems erect to ascending, terete, grey-pubescent with T-shaped hairs; leaves mostly cauline, ovate to narrow-elliptic or oblanceolate, attenuate and petiole-like or broad and sessile at the base, acute to obtuse, 3-7 cm long, 4-10 mm wide, dentate, greyish appressed-pubescent.

Flowers in a loose leafy raceme occupying most of the stem, sometimes replaced by small cymes in the lower bracts; bracts narrow-oblanceolate to linear, 1-3 cm long; peduncles 0.5-2 cm long, glabrous, articulate c. 1 mm below the ovary; bracteoles 4-15 mm long, linear to narrow-oblanceolate, acute, subglabrous; sepals linear-lanceolate, 2-3 mm long, minutely pubescent, adnate to the ovary almost to its apex; corolla 12-14 mm long, yellow, sparsely pubescent outside and at the base inside, with a prominent pocket equal to the ovary; wings of posterior lobes unequal, hardly auriculate; wings of anterior lobes short, equal; anthers c. 1.5 mm long; style almost straight, 4-6 mm long, pilose above; indusium square, c. 1.5 mm long, glabrous, blackish, with a slightly curved orifice beset with purplish bristles on the upper lip only; ovary slightly pubescent, attenuate at the base; dissepiment almost as long as the ovary.

Capsule narrowly ovoid, c. 10 cm long and c. 4 mm wide, grey-pubescent with a small glabrous beak; valves shortly 2-fid; seeds flat, elliptic, c. 2.5 mm long, aculeate, dark-brown, with a thickened yellowish rim; wing absent.

image of FSA3_Goodenia_mod.jpg Habit, flower and seed.
Image source: fig. 632b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  In hummock grassland on red sandy soils.

S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT.   W.Aust.; N.T.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: most of the year.

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Biology: A distinctive species, recognisable by the silvery-grey appearance due to appressed T-shaped hairs.

Author: Not yet available

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