A specimen of the botany of New Holland/Goodenia ramosissima

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GOODENIA ramosissima.

Branching blue Goodenia.


PENTANDRIA Monogynia. Fl. of one petal, superior.

Gen. Char. Caps. bilocularis, bivalvis, polysperma; dissepimento parallelo. Semina imbricata, Cor. supra longitudinaliter fissa, genitalia exserens; limbo quinquefido, secundo. Antheræ lineares. Stigma urceolatum, ciliatum.
Caps. with two cells, two valves, and many seeds; partition parallel to the valves. Seeds imbricated. Cor. longitudinally cloven on the upper side, exposing the organs of fructification; limb five-cleft, leaning one way. Antheræ linear. Stigma cup-shaped, ciliated.

Spec. Char. G. foliis lineari-lanceolatis subdentatis cauleque hispidis, stylo apice hirsutissimo, corolla extus pilosa.
Leaves linear-lanceolate, slightly dentated, rough as well as the stem. Style very hirsute at the top. Corolla externally hairy.

Syn. Goodenia ramosissima. Linn. Trans. Vol. II. 349.

WE refer the reader to the Linnæan Transactions above quoted for the history of this genus, which is named in honour of the Rev. Dr. Goodenough. Eight species are there enumerated, of which this is one of the most striking.
The stem is herbaceous, two or three feet high, much branched and straggling, round, rough with short stiff hairs, as are also the leaves. The latter are of a narrow lanceolate form, mostly entire, but sometimes dentated, and even sinuated. Stipulæ none. Flowers solitary, terminating the branches, and appearing in October. The plaits of the corolla are externally hairy. The antheræ very minutely bearded. Style very hairy in its upper part. The fruit of this species we have not seen ripe, but the enlarged germen is oval and hairy.


1, 2. Two different views of the Style. 3. Stamen. 4. Anthera magnified.