Goodenia paradoxa (R.Br.) K.A.Sheph.

Spur Goodenia

Phytokeys 152: 91 (2020)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rosetted, softly pubescent perennial with decumbent to ascending flowering scapes to 60 cm high. Leaves subsessile to long-petiolate, obovate to elliptic, 5–25 cm long (including petiole), 15–35 mm wide, obtuse, virtually glabrous except for hairs on midrib and margins, margins toothed. Inflorescences racemose or subumbellate; bracteoles free, oblong to ovate, 1–4 cm long, often toothed or deeply incised. Sepals 5, usually 4–10 mm long, free, pubescent; corolla 10–20 mm long, spurred, pubescent outside, glabrous to sparsely hairy inside, yellow, wings to 3 mm wide; indusium ovate, with short hairs around base, orifice very curved and with short bristles. Capsule compressed-ovoid, 7–9 mm long, pubescent; seeds orbicular, 3–5 mm diam., smooth, wing to 1 mm wide. Flowers mainly Sep.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread but scattered through much of the State, mostly in grassland and grassy woodland 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 (as Velleia paradoxa R.Br.).
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2020-07-17
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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 paradoxa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Goodenia paradoxa 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 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
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native