Pultenaea juniperina Labill.

Prickly Bush-pea

Nov. Holl. Pl. 1: 102, t. 130 (1805) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Shrub to 1.2 m high; stems terete with short, curled hairs when young. Leaves alternate, lanceolate, 5–10 mm long; base often cordate; apex tapered to a slender, pungent point; concolorous or lower surface slightly darker than upper; margin incurved; stipules lanceolate, 2–3 mm long, appressed to stem. Flowers axillary, clustered at tips of short lateral branches; bracts absent; calyx 5–6 mm long, usually hirsute; bracteoles attached at base of calyx tube, lanceolate, 2–3 mm long, hairy, particularly along the prominent midrib; standard (7–)9–11 mm wide; ovary and lower half of style hairy. Pod turgid, hairy, lower half enclosed by calyx. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Confined to heathland or heathy understorey in moist forest in the Grampians, with a disjunct occurrence near Tonimbuk.

Plants from the Tonimbuk area differ in having smaller flowers and a glabrous calyx, but this form falls well within the range of variation seen in Tasmanian populations where the species is widespread and very variable.

Pultenaea juniperina is treated here as a distinct form from the Grampians and Tonimbuk area. Mapped records from eastern Victoria are attributable to P. forsythiana, see note under P. forsythiana

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 juniperina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pultenaea juniperina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory