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.
Stipules papery and fused behind the leaf stalk for part of their length.
Source: (2002). Fabaceae. In: . 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.