Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Goodia lotifolia Salisb.

Half-hardy evergreen shrub, the leaves with 3 obovate leaflets, to 1.5cm long, and axillary and terminal recemes of yellow flowers, stained reddish-purple at the base, in spring.  To 4m.  Often appearing as a pioneer species in recently disturbed land.  [RHSD, Hortus, FNSW].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1793.  [JD]. 

‘Our drawing of this plant was taken at the Botanic Garden, Brompton, more than two years ago.  We had before seen and described it in Mr. Hibbert’s collection at Clapham-Common, but were not able to satisfy ourselves perfectly respecting its native country; suspecting from its habit, so very different from that of most of the Leguminosae from New-Holland, that it was in reality a production of the Cape of Good Hope.  We are informed however in the Paradisus Londinensis, that it was found in New South-Wales, by Peter Good, and seeds of it transmitted by him to the Royal Garden at Kew.  This industrious gardener was induced by his love of plants to leave a lucrative employment and repair to so distant a country to collect seeds for his majesty; in which service he died.  By naming this plant after him, Mr. Salisbury has endeavoured to perpetuate his memory, a duty which, we understand, Mr. Brown, since his return from New South-Wales, has intimated his intention of fulfilling.’  [BM t.958/1806].

History at Camden Park

Goodia lotifolia is marked with a ‘c’ in an 1836 edition of Loddiges’ catalogue held at Camden Park [CPA].  In William Macarthur’s code, used and explained elsewhere, this means grown at Camden.  It is almost certain that it was grown in the gardens around this time but it did not appear in the catalogues.  It is quite a common plant on the eastern seaboard and Macarthur probably collected his plants in the wild.


Goodia lotifolia Hort. (Rev. Hort. 1876) = Argyrolobium andrewsianum Steud.

Published Dec 26, 2009 - 01:30 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 12:15 PM

Figured are trifoliate leaves and yellow pea-like flowers, purple at the base.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.958, 1806.

Goodia lotifolia Salisb. | BM t.958/1806 | BHL

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia, from Queensland to Tasmania

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Goodia lotifolia 

Confidence level high