Goodenia humilis R.Br.

Swamp Goodenia

Prodr. 575 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial to 20 cm high, often with adventitious roots; stems ascending, pubescent to glabrescent. Leaves mostly basal, linear to oblanceolate, 4–10 cm long, 4–8 mm wide, thick, usually glabrescent, acute or obtuse, entire or toothed, base attenuate into obscure petiole. Inflorescences terminal racemes or thyrses, not or hardly longer than leaves; pedicels articulate, 5–12 mm long; bracteoles linear, 3–4 mm long. Sepals linear-lanceolate, 1.5–3 mm long; corolla 8–12 mm long, pubescent outside, more or less glabrous inside, yellow, abaxial lobes 4–5 mm long, wings c. 1 mm wide; indusium square or broad-oblong; ovules numerous. Fruit ovoid, 3–3.5 mm long, valves entire; seeds orbicular, c. 0.5 mm diam., pitted, yellow-brown, wing vestigial. Flowers mainly Nov.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread and often locally common in southern Victoria, usually growing in damp sites (e.g. margins of streams, swamps, dams, wet heaths etc.), less common north of the Great Dividing Range.

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 humilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Goodenia humilis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory