Goodenia heteromera F.Muell.

Spreading Goodenia

Fragm. 1: 115 (1859)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stoloniferous perennial, or at least stolon-like stems freely produced from a central rosette, sometimes forming mats to 2 m diam.; stems to c. 20 cm long, strigose, cottony when young. Leaves shortly petiolate, rosetted, oblanceolate to obovate, 1–10 cm long, 3–10 mm wide, acute, both surfaces sparsely appressed-pubescent, margins entire or toothed; axillary hairs dense. Inflorescences subumbellate or flowers solitary in leaf-axils; peduncles 1–6 cm long, ascending, often villous at apex; pedicels articulate, to c. 3 cm long; bracteoles absent. Sepals lanceolate, 2–3 mm long; corolla 6–11 mm long, coarsely pubescent inside, yellow, abaxial lobes 4–5 mm long, wings to c. 2 mm wide; indusium oblong to squarish; ovules 20–30. Fruit ovoid, 6–7 mm long, valves entire; seeds orbicular, 1.5–2.5 mm diam., reticulate, brown, wing 0.2–0.5 mm wide. Flowers mainly Sep.–Jan. (spasmodically throughout the year).

Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Widespread but scattered in western and north-western Victoria, mostly on heavy, seasonally wet soils in riverine woodland, with disjunct occurrences in swampy grassland to the southwest of Melbourne.

The flowers are distinctive in having narrow, spreading dorsal petals that expose the indusium.

Although the lateral stems that produce fascicles of leaves at their tips appear like stolons (and are frequently described as such), they rarely, if ever, take root as true stolons do.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Goodeniaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2018-11-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Goodeniaceae
genus Goodenia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Goodenia heteromera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Goodenia heteromera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales