Goodenia Sm. subg. Goodenia,

Shepherd, Kelly A., Lepschi, Brendan J., Johnson, Eden A., Gardner, Andrew G., Sessa, Emily B. & Jabaily, Rachel S., 2020, The concluding chapter: recircumscription of Goodenia (Goodeniaceae) to include four allied genera with an updated infrageneric classification, PhytoKeys 152, pp. 27-104: 27

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Goodenia Sm. subg. Goodenia


Goodenia Sm. subg. Goodenia 


Shrubs, subshrubs or herbs, erect, decumbent or prostrate, sometimes stoloniferous and rooting at nodes. Leaves basal, cauline or both with the upper leaves sometimes smaller and narrower. Flowers in thyrses, racemes, spikes, or flowers solitary in leaf axils; bracts usually leafy; bracteoles usually present, pedicel infrequently geniculate, articulate or not. Corolla bilabiate or fan-like, usually yellow, sometimes white, cream or blueish purple, rarely pink; throat usually with scattered hairs, often with enations, not auriculate and often with a pouch. Style simple. Ovary with a variable septum from very short to 2/3 as long as locule; ovules in 2 rows in each locule or scattered, rarely solitary. Fruit a capsule with 2 valves, persistent or deciduous, rarely a fleshy fruit or 1-seeded nut. Seeds with a wing 0.1-0.2 mm wide and mucilaginous or obsolete.

Number of taxa and distribution.

This subgenus currently includes 51 species, with 47 confined to Australia and three also occurring in New Zealand, Chile and southern Asia.