Pultenaea polifolia A.Cunn.

Dusky Bush-pea

in Field, Geogr. Mem. New South Wales 346 (1825) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect or semi-prostrate shrub to 1 m high; stems terete with spreading hairs. Leaves alternate, elliptic to obovate, convex, 7–20 mm long, 1–6 mm wide; apex obtuse with fragile mucro; upper surface glabrous, darker than lower; lower surface with long, loose hairs; midrib depressed; margin recurved; stipules 4–5 mm long, appressed to stem and united for c. three-quarters their length, midrib prominent. Inflorescence a terminal head of more than 3 flowers; bracts trifid at tip with hair-like central lobe; calyx with long spreading hairs, denser at base and on lobes; lobes narrowing abruptly into long, setaceous tips; bracteoles attached at base of calyx tube, narrowly lanceolate, 5–6 mm long, with sparse hairs, long sinuate tip and ciliate margin; standard 6–7 mm wide; ovary and base of style hairy. Pod flat. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

EGU, HNF, NIS, VRiv. Also NSW, ACT. Uncommon in dry or moist forests of the north-east on Mt Granya, near Mitta Mitta, and near the upper reaches of the Bonang River.

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 polifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pultenaea polifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory