Pultenaea foliolosa A.Cunn. ex Benth.

Small-leaf Bush-pea

Ann. Wiener Mus. Naturgesch. 2: 83 (1846) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Soft, spreading shrub 1–2 m high; stems terete, pubescent, often golden. Leaves alternate, elliptic to orbicular, concave 1–3 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, often recurved; apex obtuse; upper surface usually pubescent and paler than lower; lower surface with spreading hairs; midrib inconspicuous; margin incurved; stipules lanceolate, 1–2 mm long. Flowers solitary in axils toward tips of short lateral branches; pedicels 1–2 mm long; bracts absent; calyx 4–5 mm long, tube sparsely hairy, upper lobes broad, narrowing abruptly into an acute point, lower lobes narrower, deeply divided, margins densely hairy; bracteoles attached about middle of calyx tube, leaf-like, 3-lobed, centre lobe green with spreading hairs, outer stipular lobes brown and papery; standard c. 8 mm wide; ovary and style glabrous except for tuft of hairs at base of style. Pod ovate, hairy at apex, enclosed by calyx. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, GipP, HSF, NIS, VRiv. Also Qld, NSW. Uncommon in Victoria, confined to small areas in the north-east, from the Warby Range to Myrtleford and Wodonga areas, and in Gippsland near Briagolong and north of Dargo, usually in dry, open-forest.

Possible hybrids have been observed with Pultenaea cunninghamii near Moyhu and with P. procumbens in the Beechworth hills (see note under the latter species).

Source: Corrick, M.G. (1996). Pultenaea. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-09-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Pultenaea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Pultenaea foliolosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pultenaea foliolosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory