Pultenaea stricta Sims

Rigid Bush-pea

Bot. Mag. 38: t. 1588 (1813) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender, usually erect shrub to 1 m high; stems faintly ridged and with fine, closely appressed hairs. Leaves elliptic to obovate, 5–10 mm long, 2–4.5 mm wide, flat; apex obtuse with a short recurved mucro; margin slightly recurved; both surfaces glabrous; midrib depressed above, prominently raised below; stipules lanceolate, c. 1 mm long, dark brown. Inflorescence terminal, head-like, of more than 3 flowers; bracts ovate, 2–4 mm long, deciduous at anthesis, base slightly hairy, apex often torn; enlarged stipules persistent at base of pedicels; calyx 4–5 mm long, densely covered with pale, silky hairs; bracteoles attached to upper half of calyx tube, lanceolate, 3–4 mm long, base hairy; standard 7–9 mm wide; ovary hairy. Pod flat. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread in moist forest and heathland south of the Great Dividing Range, usually in wet areas.

The presence of brown, papery bracts is an important feature distinguishing P. stricta from P. gunnii with which it is sometimes confused. Pultenaea stricta also requires a much wetter habitat and is often found along drainage lines and on margins of swamps and streams.

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, 2019-04-08
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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 stricta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pultenaea stricta 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
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales