Pultenaea capitellata Sieber ex DC.

Hard-head Bush-pea

Prodr. 2: 112 (1825) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Slender subshrub, ± prostrate; stems terete, pubescent, to 50 cm long. Leaves alternate, obovate, 3–12 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, flat; apex obtuse with a weak, recurved mucro; upper surface glabrous with depressed midrib and conspicuous lateral veins, darker than lower surface; lower surface covered with pale, silky, appressed hairs; margin flat or slightly recurved; stipules dark brown, 1–2 mm long, inconspicuous. Inflorescence capitate, dense, of more than 6 flowers; bracts persistent, imbricate, brown, hairy, apex 3-lobed, central lobe subulate; calyx 5–7 mm long, covered with long, pale, silky hairs; bracteoles attached at or below centre of calyx tube, linear 2–3.5 mm long, with ciliate margins and pale hairs down centre; standard 7–8 mm wide; ovary and base of style densely hairy. Pod flat, covered with pale hairs, two-thirds enclosed by calyx. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT. Uncommon, confined to wet areas adjacent to sub-alpine forest in the Bendoc-Delegate area, and alpine heath on Bogong High Plains and Mt Cobberas.

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 capitellata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pultenaea capitellata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory