Goodenia benthamiana Carolin

Small-leaf Goodenia

Fl. S. Australia 3: 1392 (1986) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect subshrub to 40 cm high, aromatic; stems barely ribbed, glandular-pubescent, with a few simple hairs. Leaves sessile, c. erect, stem-clasping, ovate to broad-elliptic, 1–3 cm long, 4–20 mm wide, obtuse to acute, pubescent or glabrescent, margins toothed. Flowers 1–3 per axil; peduncles 0.5–1 mm long; pedicels 0.5–3 mm long; bracteoles ovate to lanceolate, 2.5–3 mm long. Sepals ovate to lanceolate, 2–3 mm long; corolla 10–12 mm long, pubescent, scarcely auriculate, yellow, abaxial lobes c. 4 mm long, wings c. 1.5 mm wide; indusium broad-elliptic; ovules c. 15. Fruit ovoid, c. 5 mm long, valves entire; seeds elliptic, c. 2 mm long, with a thickened rim and vestigial wing, yellow-brown, more or less smooth. Flowers mainly Sep.–Jan.

Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, VRiv, Wim. Also SA. Scattered across western Victoria in an area bounded by the Big Desert in the north, Mt Arapiles in the south and the Whipstick Scrub near Bendigo in the east. Found in open-forest, woodland and mallee scrub.

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: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-10
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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 benthamiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Goodenia benthamiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native

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