Grey Bush-pea, Prickly Pea, Spiny Bush-pea.
Pultenaea spinosa, Pultenaea cunninghamii.
Pultenaea, after Richard Pulteney (1730-1801), English botanist. Cunninghamii, after A. Cunningham, Australian explorer.
Presence in Australia
Predominantly east of the Olympic Highway. Noted in the areas Bowna-Jindera; Yambla; Talmalmo-Murray; Scent Bottle-Serpentine-Upper Yarra Yarra; Coppabella; Lower Adelong and Upper Gilmore and Sandy.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, SA.
Dry sclerophyll woodland to forest, generally on sandy or stony soil.
Erect spreading shrub 50cm to 2m high. Drooping branchlets, grey-green leaves pointed at tips. Growing tips often pink/orange.
Well-drained soil in partial sun. Tolerates drought and frost.
Fast-growing. Lifespan may be several decades.
Yellow-orange with red, Oct-Dec. Usually flowers for 4-6 weeks.
Mid Oct to late Feb. Monitor closely as seeds shed immediately or within 1-2 days of maturity.
From scarified seed, or cuttings of firm young growth (rooting hormones should improve strike rate). Pour boiling or very hot water over seeds and soak until water cools. Dry to prevent rotting and sow. Germination takes 3-4 weeks. Suitable for direct seeding in pots (2-3 seeds per pot).
From seed, particularly after fire.
Shade and shelter
Useful low-level cover in windbreaks. Important understorey component.
Legume - improves soil fertility through "fixing" nitrogen.
Good habitat. Flowers are a nectar source for native wasps and bees. Wallabies graze foliage.
Attractive ornamental. Interesting, colourful foliage.