Pultenaea tenella Benth.

Delicate Bush-pea

Fl. Austral. 2: 122 (1864) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Trailing, semi-prostrate undershrub, branches to 40 cm long; stems terete with sparse, appressed hairs when young. Leaves in whorls of 3, elliptic, 3–5 mm long, c. 1 mm wide; apex acute but not pungent; upper surface glabrous; lower surface with a few sparse hairs on young growth, ultimately glabrous; margin inrolled; stipules lanceolate, c. 1 mm long. Flowers solitary in axils; bracts absent; calyx 5–6 mm long, covered with pale, appressed hairs; bracteoles attached below calyx tube, lanceolate, 1–1.5 mm long, brown, with sparse pale hairs; standard 9–10 mm wide; ovary and base of style covered with pale appressed hairs. Pod ovate, hairy. Flowers Jan.–Feb.

HNF, HSF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Restricted to damp alpine herbfields, grasslands and margins of bogs.

Recorded from Mts Buffalo and Hotham, Bentleys Plains, Nunniong Plateau, Mt Wellington and Lake Mountain; uncommon and inconspicuous

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

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory