Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Pultenaea villifera var. villifera

Common name

Yellow bush-pea



Where found

Dry forest, woodlandheath, grassy areas and coastal cliffs. Coast and ranges. Rarely elsewhere.


Shrub to 2 m tall or prostrate. Stems hairy. Leaves with sharp tips, alternating up the stems, 1-2 cm long, 2-5 mm wide, flat to concave in cross section, tips with a stiff bristle, margins curved to rolled upwards, both surfaces the same colour. Flowers pea shaped, with 5 petals, 2 joined together to form the keel. Standard petal 8-13.5 mm long, yellow to orange with red striations at the front. Wings yellow to orange. Keel yellow to red. Bracteoles linear, inserted at the base of the calyx tube. Flowers single or in pairs. Flowers most of the year. Pods sparsely hairy, smooth.

Endangered population in the Blue Mountains local government area (as Pultenaea villifera). Provisions of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 No 63 relating to the protection of protected plants generally also apply to plants that are a threatened species or a part of a threatened ecological community.

NSW Threatened Species profile:  (accessed 7 January 2021)

PlantNET description:  (accessed 7 January 2021)

Description partly taken from:  Kok, R.P.J. de & West, J.G., (2003) A revision of the genus Pultenaea (Fabaceae) 2. Eastern Australian species with velutinous ovaries and curved upwards leaves. Australian Systematic Botany 16(2): 266-267, Fig. 13