Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Pultenaea paleacea

Common name

Chaffy bush-pea



Where found

Dry forest, woodland, heath, swamps, sea cliffs, dunes. Coast, ranges, and the eastern part of the tablelands, north from Ulladulla. Occasional elsewhere.


Prostrate to erect shrub to 1.5 m tall. Leaves with sharp points. Stems hairy. Leaves alternating up the stems, 0.6-2.3 cm long, 0.8-6 mm wide, tips pointed, curved down, margins mostly rolled down, upper surface darker than the lower surface. Flowers 7-13 mm long, pea shaped, with 5 petals, 2 joined together to form the keel, standard petal yellow to orange with red markings, wings yellow to orange, keel red to purple. Bracteoles boat-shaped to linear, inserted at the base of the calyx tube. Flowers in dense clusters. Flowers Winter to Summer. Pods densely to sparsely hairy, smooth.

PlantNET description:  (accessed 2 February, 2021)

Description partly taken from:  Kok, R.P.J. de & West, J.G., (2004) A revision of the genus Pultenaea (Fabaceae) 3. The eastern species with curved down leaves. Australian Systematic Botany 17(3): 302-304, Fig. 13 (map)