Goodenia pinnatifida Schltdl.

Cut-leaf Goodenia

Linnaea 21: 450 (1848) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent to ascending perennial (rarely annual) to 40 cm high; stems glabrous or with short antrorse or crisped hairs. Leaves glabrous to sparsely pubescent; basal leaves petiolate, ascending, rosetted, oblong to oblanceolate, 2–8 cm long, 3–20 mm wide, obtuse, pinnatisect with oblong or linear lobes, or margins toothed; cauline leaves sessile, smaller, few (or sometimes lacking), entire to pinnatisect. Inflorescences terminal racemes to 8 cm long, or often subumbels; pedicels articulate, 2–14 cm long; bracteoles absent. Sepals lanceolate, 3–6 mm long; corolla 8–19 mm long, more or less glabrous outside, densely hairy inside, yellow, abaxial lobes 3.5–10 mm long, wings 2–4 mm wide; indusium depressed-ovate, entire; ovules 20–35. Fruit subglobose, c. 8 mm long, valves entire; seeds elliptic to orbicular, c. 5 mm long, almost smooth, glossy, black, wing c. 0.5 mm wide. Flowers mainly Sep.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. All states. Widespread in grasslands, grassy woodlands and open-forests through much of Victoria, but absent from higher ranges.

Currently included in this species is a form probably warranting formal recognition, differing from typical G. pinnatifida in its annual habit and smaller flowers. It is locally common in grassland and open woodlands of the Kerang-Mitiamo area and parts of the mallee (e.g. Wyperfeld National Park). It probably equates to G. pinnatifida var. minor F.Muell. (type from Western Australia), but this name is currently treated as a synonym of the species.

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, 2019-11-21
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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 pinnatifida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Goodenia pinnatifida 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
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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 Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory