Pultenaea humilis Benth. ex Hook.f.

Dwarf Bush-pea

Fl. Tasman. 1: 91 (1856) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Spreading, often decumbent shrub to 50(–100) cm high; stems terete, hairy when young, old stems scarred with broken stipules and leaf-bases. Leaves alternate, elliptic or oblanceolate, 6–14 mm long, 1–4 mm wide; apex acute but not pungent; upper surface glabrous, paler than lower; lower surface hairy or glabrous; margin incurved; stipules lanceolate, 2–3 mm long, apex slender, usually recurved. Flowers solitary in axils, clustered at tips of branches, occasionally head-like; shoot growing on at or just before anthesis; bracts absent, but floral leaf often reduced and with enlarged stipules; calyx 6–8 mm long, hairy to glabrous, lobes tapering to long, slender points; bracteoles attached at, or just above base of calyx tube, linear-lanceolate, 4–6 mm long, midrib and base occasionally hairy, margin papery; standard 8–10 mm wide; ovary and style glabrous except for a tuft of hair at summit of ovary. Pod ovate, plump, apex hairy, enclosed by calyx. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, OtR, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also NSW, Tas. Widely distributed in central and western areas on and south of the Great Dividing Range, and north and south of the Range in the east. Usually occurs on sandy soils in a variety of habitats including dry, open-forest and dry and wet heath.

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 humilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pultenaea humilis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands 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

State distribution

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New South Wales