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Goodenia heterderacea Flower & Buds
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APS Armidale Fact Sheet - Goodenia pinnatifida

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Neil Wilson

Goodenia pinnatifida is a decumbent (low growing) herbaceous plant that spreads through rock crevices and creates a colourful cover.
Flowers are held in leafy racemes on stalks up to 12 cm long.

Go_pinnatifida plant

Goodenia pinnatifida can grow up to 40cm high and seeds prodigeously so it spreads quite quickly.

flower heads

Leaves are basal, green, oblong with toothed or pinnatisected edges.

Flowers are held in racemes (but can resemble umbels) and have bright yellow reflexed petals.
That is, the petals bend back to form a flat surface, hiding the indusium and stamens.

A raceme is a simple arrangement where each flower has a stalk and the end bud is the youngest flower.


Herbaceous stems are green ageing to brown. Wilting is common in very hot weather, or when water is scarce but they quickly recover overnight or after watering.

Originally, 4 plants were dug up from a local park where they were being trampled.
Since then, small plants are dug from our pebbled pathways each year to populate other beds where they soon thrive and flower profusely.

Flowering occurs mainly from May to December, but there are usually a few flowers at other times. The flowers close up overnight and open fully during the day.
This species is common in Armidale (its eastern boundary on the New England Tableland). It also occurs in the tablelands, slopes and plains of all states except the Northern Territorry.

Goodenia pinnatifida is a great plant for quick results in dryer beds where it flourishes easily.
After a short settling-in period,they have had no problems in the coldest or hottest days in our garden.