Goodenia varia R.Br.

Sticky Goodenia

Prodr. 576 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent shrub to c. 60 cm high, viscid when young, glabrous; young stems slightly ribbed. Leaves elliptic to orbicular, 2–4 cm long, 1–2 cm wide, acute to obtuse, margins almost entire or toothed; petiole to c. 5 mm long. Inflorescences leafy terminal thyrses or racemes to 15 cm long; peduncles to c. 10 mm long; pedicels articulate, to c. 3 mm long; bracteoles narrow-triangular, to 1 mm long, sometimes absent. Sepals linear, 2–4 mm long; corolla 8–18 mm long, with a few hairs inside, yellow, abaxial lobes 5–8 mm long, wings c. 1.5 mm wide; indusium broad-obovate; ovules to c. 16. Fruit cylindric, 8–10 mm long, valves entire; seeds oblong, 2–2.5 mm long, pale brown, bristly or reticulate, wing very narrow. Flowers mainly Oct.–Mar.

Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Widespread in north-western Victoria, with outlying occurrences near Bendigo and Melton, mostly in woodland and mallee communities.

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 varia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Goodenia varia 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
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory