Common name: Smooth Bush-pea
Pultenaea glabra Benth. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub; stems glabrous.
Leaves alternate, linear to linear-obovate, concave, 10–20 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, apex acuminate and recurved, margins involute, surfaces concolorous or lower surface darker than upper; stipules usually 4–5 mm long.
Inflorescences subterminal or apparently terminal, dense, leafy, the leaves often smaller and with slightly enlarged stipules; bracts absent. Flowers c. 10 mm long; pedicels 0.5–1 mm long; bracteoles 3–4 mm long, lacking stipules, narrow-ovate to ovate, acuminate, glabrous, attached at base or lower part of calyx tube. Calyx c. 6 mm long; lobes acuminate. Ovary glabrous.
Pod c. 5 mm long, turgid.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest on sandstone; higher Blue Mtns and Glen Davis area.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT
Threatened species: Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
One of us (RdK) considers P. glabra complex (including P. sp. 'Olinda') to represent geographic variants of one widespread species, which might be subdivisible into subspecies. On the other hand, PHW believes that several of these are likely to warrant recognition at specific rank, including P. sp. 'Olinda' (Coveny 6616), P. weindorferi F.M. Reader from Vic. and P. sp. 'Genowlan Point' (NSW 417813)). According to this view, P. glabra s.str. would be restricted to the upper Blue Mtns.
Text by P.H. Weston & R.P.J. de Kok
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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