Pultenaea, after Richard Pulteney (1730-1801), English botanist.
Up to 2m.
Presence in Australia
Predominantly east of the Olympic Highway, in various districts.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: NSW, ACT, Vic, SA.
Dry sclerophyll forest to heath, usually on stony soils.
Dense, procumbent or rarely erect shrub, low to 2m high.
Mid to late 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.