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Goodia lotifolia Salisb.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Common name: golden tip, clover tree

Goodia lotifolia Salisb. APNI*

Synonyms: Goodia lotifolia Salisb. var. lotifolia APNI*

Description: Shrub to 4 m high; stems glabrous or pubescent.

Leaves not crowded; leaflets obovate to obovate-cuneate, 10–30 mm long, glabrous or pubescent; petiole slender, 10–20 mm long.

Racemes to 8 cm long. Flowers 9–13 mm long; pedicels mostly ≤ 6 mm long. Calyx 4–6 mm long, teeth of lower lip triangular or narrower, at least equal in length to tube in mature flowers. Petals yellow with parts red to almost black. Ovary ± glabrous, ≤ 4-ovuled.

Pod obliquely ovate to oblong, mostly 23–28 mm long; aril with a divided base ≥ 1.5 mm long, encircling a linear hilum.


Photo D. Hardin

Flowering: spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows as a pioneer species in disturbed sites, often in sheltered valleys and on rainforest margins.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

A pubescent form occurs in northern coastal districts with densely pubescent stems and branches, and pods 30-40 mm long.

Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept:

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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