Pultenaea scabra R.Br.

Rough Bush-pea

in W.T.Aiton, Hortus Kew., edn 2, 3: 18 (1811) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or spreading shrub to 3 m high; stems terete, densely hairy with a mixture of short and long hairs. Leaves alternate, obcordate, 3–16 mm long, 2–13 mm wide; midrib terminating in a short, usually recurved mucro; upper surface scabrous, usually with scattered, tubercle-based hairs; lower surface hairy, paler than upper; midrib raised, densely hairy; margin recurved; stipules triangular to lanceolate, 1–2 mm long with slightly recurved tips. Inflorescence a head-like cluster of more than 3 flowers; bracts orbicular, 1–3 mm long, hairy on back, apex split or apparently 3-lobed with narrow central lobe, deciduous before anthesis; calyx 5–6 mm long, densely hairy; bracteoles attached at or below centre of calyx tube, linear to lanceolate, 2–3 mm long, densely hairy; standard 7–12 mm wide; ovary and most of style hairy. Pod ovate, hairy, lower half enclosed by calyx. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Widely distributed across the State, mainly south and east of the Great Dividing Range, usually occurring in moist forest, occasionally in dry forest and heath.

The leaves of Pultenaea scabra are highly variable in shape and size but the scabrous, usually hairy upper surface is distinctive; any subspecific classification at present appears unworkable, accordingly Bentham's varieties, cited by Willis (1973), are placed in synonymy following Thompson (1961). Presumed hybrids with P. benthamii have been recorded in the Grampians.

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

Thompson, J. (1961). Pultenaea, Contributions from the New South Wales Herbarium, Flora Series 101(1): 46-79.

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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 scabra in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pultenaea scabra 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
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
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory