Goodenia ovata & ‘Gold Cover’ cultivar

Goodenia ovata.

Hop goodenias are subshrubs or shrubs up to 1.5 or 2 m high.
Stems may be ridged and secretions from the small glands can make plants sticky.

The simple leaves, on petioles up to 3 cm long are alternately arranged.
The thin ovate to elliptic blades are up to 8 cm long and 4 cm wide.
The tip is pointed, the base wedge-shaped or rounded and the edge has small teeth.
There are tiny glands over the surface and small tufts of hairs in the vein axils.

Axillary and terminal inflorescences may be a solitary flower or a branched or unbranched cluster up to 35 cm long.
The peduncles are up to 3 or 4 cm long with leaf-like bracts at the base.
The pedicels are under 1 cm long and have bracteoles up to 6 mm long.

The lower part of the 5 narrow sepals are fused to the inferior ovary.
The pointed lobes are up to 1 cm long and sticky from glandular secretions.

The bright yellow corolla, almost 2 cm long has 2 petals in the upper lip and 3 in the lower.
The outer surface has small glands and it sometimes has a few hairs.
The inner surface has hairs near the base of the lobes and small projections or calli down the narrower petal bases.
The 2 mm auricles on the upper petals have barbed hairs.

There are 5 stamens and an inferior ovary with numerous ovules.
The curved style, up to 1 cm long has an obovate indusium below the stigma.
There are long soft hairs or villi on the upper part of the style and the back of the indusium
    which also has bristles on the top.
The fruit are capsules around 2 cm long with a short beak.

The leaves, sepals and petals vary in their shape and size.

Goodenia ovata ‘Gold Cover’.

A dense, prostrate or trailing ground cover up to 30 cm high over an area up to 2 m wide.
The flowers are bright yellow.

J.F.