Bush-pea, Daphne Leaved Pultenaea, Large-leaf Bitter-pea, Large-leaf Bush-pea.
Pultenaea, after Richard Pulteney (1730-1801), English botanist. Daphne, a nymph in Greek mythology, meaning exotic shrub.
Presence in Australia
Noted in Mountain Tunnel catchment. Probably also occurs in surrounding areas.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
Shrubby understorey of open dry sclerophyll forest on drier hilly terrain, with stony or sandy soils.
Erect branching shrub 1-2m high.
Well-drained soil. Tolerates dryness once established.
Moderate to fast growth rate.
Yellow with red, Sep-Nov. Large.
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 the strike rate). Pour boiling or very hot water over seeds and soak until water cools. Dry to prevent rotting (to which seed are prone) and sow. Germination occurs in 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.
Legume - improves soil fertility through "fixing" nitrogen.
Good habitat. Flowers are a nectar source for native wasps and bees. Wallabies graze foliage.
Attractive soft ornamental.