Pultenaea tenuifolia R.Br. ex Sims

Slender Bush-pea

Bot. Mag. 46: t. 2086 (1819) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Spreading shrub to 1 m high, or procumbent to prostrate and mat-forming; stems terete, pubescent or villous, rarely glabrous. Leaves alternate, channelled above, 5–10 mm long, 0.3–0.5 mm wide, often clustered; apex obtuse; lower surface with scattered pale hairs, denser toward base, rarely glabrous; upper surface, if visible, hairy; margin tightly inrolled; stipules lanceolate, 2–3 mm long, midrib conspicuous. Inflorescence of 1 or 2 flowers at tips of short, lateral branches subtended by clustered leaves, ultimate floral leaf usually much reduced with enlarged stipules; calyx 4–5 mm long, tube glabrous, lobes usually hairy, tapered to long, acuminate tips; bracteoles attached at base of calyx tube, ovate to oblong, 2–3 mm long, papery, midrib conspicuous, often hairy, apex usually torn; standard 4–6 mm wide; ovary and base of style hairy. Pod ovate, hairy, exserted from calyx. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

Brid, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Tas. Scattered on coastal dunes from near Glenelg River mouth to near Wingan Inlet, but inconspicuous and uncommon. Also on calcareous soils of the Little and Big Deserts.

Coastal variants are procumbent or prostrate with small, mainly pale yellow flowers. Inland variants are usually larger shrubs with larger, often very deep orange and red flowers, although paler, predominantly yellow-flowered forms have been recorded in the Little Desert. There is also great variation in the degree of hairiness, from near glabrous forms to densely bristly plants (e.g. in the far west between Serviceton and Murrayville).

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, 2019-09-19
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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 tenuifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pultenaea tenuifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory