Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Pultenaea stipularis

Common name

Handsome bush-pea



Where found

Dry forest. Coast and ranges, north from west of Wollongong.


Shrub to 2 m tall. Stems hairless. Leaves alternating up the stems, 1.5-2.6 cm long, 1-2 mm wide, flat or slightly concave in cross section, tips with a stiff bristle, margins flat to slightly curved upwards, surfaces smooth. Flowers 8-15 mm long, pea shaped, with 5 petals, 2 joined together to form the keel, standard petal yellow to orange, sometimes with red to red-brown stripes at the front, wings yellow to orange, keel yellow to red brown. Flower in headlike clusters. Bracteoles linear to triangular, papery, inserted on the calyx tube. Flowers Winter to Summer. Pods with a tuft of hairs at the tips.

PlantNET description:  (accessed 2 February, 2021)

Description partly taken from:  Kok, R.P.J. de & West, J.G., (2002) A revision of Pultenaea (Fabaceae) 1. Species with ovaries hairless and/or with tufted hairs. Australian Systematic Botany 15(1): 107-108, Fig. 11 (map)