Pultenaea Sm.

Bush Pea

Commemorating R. Pulteney (1730–1801), physician and botanist, biographer of Linnaeus.

Prostrate to erect shrubs. Leaves simple, entire, mostly alternate (rarely opposite or in whorls of 3); stipules papery and fused behind the leaf stalk for part of its length. Flowers in dense heads or condensed racemes. Flowers orange or yellow with red markings, rarely pink or apricot; standard as long or slightly longer than the lower petals. Stamens free, equal. Ovary with 2(4) ovules. Fruit pod more or less ovoid.

Grown for the varied habits and foliage combined with attractive pea flowers.

About 120 species endemic to Australia.

Scarified seed.

Stipules papery and fused behind the leaf stalk for part of their length.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Fabaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fabales
family       Fabaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Pultenaea daphnoides Wendl.
species         Pultenaea gunnii Benth.
species         Pultenaea hispidula Benth.
species         Pultenaea microphylla D C.
species         Pultenaea pedunculata Hook.
species         Pultenaea polifolia A.Cunn.