Pultenaea mollis Lindl.

Soft Bush-pea

in T.Mitch., Three Exped. Australia 2: 258 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub to 3 m high, erect or spreading, occasionally semi-prostrate; stems terete with pale, spreading, curled or twisted hairs. Leaves alternate, narrow-linear, elliptic or terete (7–)10–20(–26) mm long, 0.3–1.2 mm wide; apex acute, not pungent; lower surface with loosely appressed, spreading or occasionally tubercle-based hairs; upper surface, when visible, glabrous; margin inrolled; stipules (1.5-)2–3(–5) mm long, usually strongly recurved, rarely appressed. Inflorescence a head-like cluster of 4–10 flowers terminating short, lateral branches; floral leaves with slightly to greatly enlarged stipules, 2–9 mm long, sometimes resembling bifid or trifid bracts, often viscid; calyx 4–8 mm long, variously hairy, often viscid; bracteoles attached at base of calyx tube, usually ovate, 2–8 mm long, variably hairy, glabrous or viscid, rarely stipular and appearing 3-lobed from base; standard 8–12 mm wide; ovary and lower half of style hairy. Pod ovate, at least half enclosed by calyx.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, OtR, VAlp, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also NSW, Tas. Widespread and locally common in dry and moist forest and occasionally heathland south of the Great Dividing Range, including Grampians, Portland, Anglesea, Gembrook-Beenak forests and East Gippsland.

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.
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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 mollis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pultenaea mollis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales