Twiggy Bush-pea, Bush Pea.
Pultenaea, after Richard Pulteney (1730-1801), English botanist.
Up to 1m.
Presence in Australia
Predominantly west of the Olympic Highway.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: NSW, Vic, SA.
Mallee or dry sclerophyll woodland, on light soils.
Erect shrub, often 1m high or more, with silky downy stems.
Orange-yellow with red or crimson, spring.
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 component of understorey.
Legume - improves soil fertility through "fixing" nitrogen.
Good habitat. Flowers are a nectar source for native wasps and bees. Wallabies graze foliage.
Attractive, particularly when flowering.