Goodenia macbarronii Carolin

Narrow Goodenia

Telopea 3: 533 (1990) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Erect perennial to 40 cm high, often with adventitious roots; stems glabrous. Leaves mostly basal, linear-oblanceolate, 5–11 cm long, 2–6(–8) mm wide, acute, thick, glabrous, margins entire to bluntly-toothed, base attenuate into an indistict petiole. Inflorescences terminal racemes or thyrses to 25 cm long, much longer than leaves; pedicels articulate, 0.5–3 mm long; bracteoles linear, 2–4 mm long. Sepals linear to elliptic, 1–2(–3) mm long; corolla 7–9(–13) mm long, with glandular and simple hairs outside and inside, yellow, abaxial lobes 4–4.5 mm long, wings c. 1 mm wide; indusium rectangular to squarish, flat-topped or concave dorsally, purplish at least towards apex, sometimes throughout; ovules numerous. Fruit subglobose to ovoid, 3–4 mm long, valves entire; seeds suborbicular, c. 0.5 mm diam., pitted, yellow-brown, wing vestigial, pale. Flowers mainly Oct.–Mar.

CVU, NIS, VRiv. Also NSW. Rare in Victoria where apparently confined to forests and grassy areas between Wedderburn and Moyhu in the north-east and north to the Murray River, usually in damp sandy or silty soils. Sometimes recorded from seepage areas below farm dams.

The distinction between this species and G. paniculata is sometimes unclear (at least in Victoria where flowers are reported to be larger than typical for G. macbarronii (Carolin 1992)). The variation in characters used to distinguish the two species (flower size, indusium size, shape and coloration) seems almost continuous. Generally the leaves of G. macbarronii are narrower, thicker and less distinctly toothed than those of G. paniculata but exceptions exist. A chromosome count of n = 8 for G. macbarronii, compared to n = 16 for G. paniculata (Peacock 1963), suggests that they are reliably distinct, but sampling for each is limited and polyploid series are known within some species (e.g. G. pinnatifida).

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, 2018-12-13

Carolin, R.C. (1992). Goodenia, Fl. Aust. 35.

Peacock, W.J. (1963). Chromosome numbers and cytoevolution in the Goodeniaceae, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 88: 8-27.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Goodeniaceae
genus Goodenia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Goodenia macbarronii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Goodenia macbarronii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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