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Narrow Goodenia - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Goodenia macbarronii
Conservation status in NSW: Not listed
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 18 Mar 2022


This species was removed from the Schedules of the Threatened Species Act in July 2008 and is no longer listed as threatened in NSW. The reassessment was based on an absence of evidence for either past or future reductions, or continuing declines, and a larger population size than previously known. Narrow Goodenia is an annual or short-lived perennial herb to 30 cm tall. Its leaves, at the base of the plant, are fleshy and slightly toothed, to 11 cm long by 5 mm wide. The sprays of small yellow 'crinkly' five-petalled flowers are generally produced in spring and summer.


Narrow Goodenia grows on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in NSW, south from the Guyra and Inverell districts. It is widely distributed throughout the tablelands, western slopes and western plains. The species also occurs in north-eastern Victoria and the Darling Downs in Queensland. In NSW it has been recorded at Tingha, Guyra, the Warrumbungle Ranges, east of Rylstone, the Pilliga and Denobollie State Forests, the Narrabri, Coonabarabran, Torrington and Tocumwal districts, Grenfell, Weddin Mountain, Gungal, the Milthorpe district, and Holbrook (the Type locality).

Habitat and ecology

  • Flowers chiefly from October to March and is described as a short-lived annual herb. The flowers are insect pollinated.
  • The mucilaginous wing or rim of the seed may be a mechanism for absorbing water to secure germination and coincidentally a dispersal temptation for ants.
  • Narrow Goodenia is an annual which appears seasonally and opportunistically in ephemerally damp or wet sitesand is often common at sites after good winter-rainfall periods. It favours moist, shaded, sandy sites, soils with impeded drainage, damp muddy areas of winter inundation, spring-fed paddocks and open areas where water is more available.
  • Often found in sites with some form of recent disturbance, such as depressions and clearings made by grading and excavation along roadsides, open grazing land and paddocks inundated by weed species and areas previously cleared and grazed by cattle.
  • Associated species at Goobang National Park sites include Eucalyptus blakelyi, Eucalyptus sideroxylon, Eucalyptus bridgesiana, Eucalyptus melliodora, Acacia vestita, Acacia deanei subsp. paucijuga, Acacia penninervis, Acacia mollifolia, Acacia implexa, Callitris endlicheri, Leptospermum divaricatum, Exocarpos strictus, Allocasuarina diminuta subsp. diminuta, Pultenaea foliosa, Hibbertia obtusifolia, Hibbertia riparia, Baeckea cunninghamii and Lomandra longifolia.
  • Found to be uncommon and scattered within localised populations recorded in Goobang National Park. The species has been recorded as rare, scattered, locally common and frequent in populations, with the yellow-flowering plants forming a closed carpet in one population.

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