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Goodenia rotundifolia (GOODENIACEAE) Star Goodenia, Round-leaf Goodenia


Photo: Robert Whyte

Perennial herb to half a metre with rounded, sharply lobed leaves throughout the coastal and tableland regions of southern Qld and NSW. Grows in sclerophyll woodland and forest. Prostrate branches root as they spread.

Leaves to around 4.5cm, obviously lobed (crenate), rounded to roughly triangular, hairy or smooth.

Goodenia (good-EEN-ee-a) after Rev. Samuel Goodenough 1743-1827, a prudish treasurer of the Linnean Society who criticized Linnaeus for adopting a sexual basis for classifying plants. Rotundifolia: rounded leaves.

Flower and foliage

Photo: Robert Whyte

Flower stalks to 25 mm long, corolla to 16 mm long, yellow with brownish markings, with few hairs inside.

Fruit subglobose, to 7 mm long, pale seeds oblong to 2.5 mm.

Attractive sprawling groundcover with pretty yellow flowers through the warmer months. Does best in well-drained soils in light shade.

Food plant for caterpillars of Meadow Argus (Junonia villida).

Aother Goodenia (G. heterophylla) is a small NSW species with narrow hairy leaves.

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