Pultenaea fasciculata Benth.

Alpine Bush-pea

Ann. Wiener Mus. Naturgesch. 2: 82 (1840) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Small, prostrate or decumbent shrub; stems terete with white, silky, appressed hairs, eventually almost glabrous. Leaves alternate, terete, 3–10 mm long; apex acute with long, fragile mucro; lower surface scabrous with a few, pale hairs on young growth; upper surface obscured; margin tightly inrolled; stipules lanceolate, slender, 1–2 mm long, with recurved tips. Flowers solitary, axillary, towards tips of branches; bracts absent, but flower subtended by a reduced leaf with enlarged stipules; calyx 4–5 mm long, silky-pubescent, lobes acute, lower lobes with long, slender tips; bracteoles attached at base of calyx tube, linear 1.5–3.5 mm long, silky-hairy; standard 7–9 mm wide; ovary and base of style hairy. Pod ovate, at least lower half enclosed by calyx. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

EGU, HNF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Occurs in alpine herbfields, margins of bogs and subalpine woodlands, with an old record from lower altitude near Bidwell.

Specimens from Lake Mountain have smaller flowers than those from more north-easterly alpine areas.

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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Pultenaea fasciculata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pultenaea fasciculata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory