Goodenia named after Samuel Goodenough (1743-1827), an English Bishop of Carlisle and an amateur botanist and collector. Ovata from Latin meaning egg-shaped; referring to the shape of the leaves.
Distribution and status
Herbarium regions: Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)