Goodenia hederacea subsp. hederacea

Family Goodeniaceae

Prostrate to ascending herb, to 10 cm. Thin taproot 5 cm deep.Vegetative spread. Longevity 5 - 25 years

Flowers: Yellow, October - May. Insect-pollinated Flowers reported to be visited by small black native bees, hoverflies (Syrphidae) and a skipper butterfly (Hesperiidae).

Fruit: Capsule, 5–9 mm long.

Seed: Pale yellow, 2.5 mm long, January. No particular mechanism for dispersal. Possible myrmecochore , though the mucilaginous rim or wing thought to be a possible adaptation to ant-dispersal may be a mechanism for absorbing water to secure germination and co-incidentally a dispersal temptation for ants.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Grassland and woodland in partial shade to full sun.
  • Rare and localised in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Regrowth and suckers from rootstocks and lateral roots after fire.
  • Very few seeds noted on plants at the Australian Botanic Garden and no seedlings observed.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Goodenia hederacea plant

Goodenia hederacea flower