Common name: Coastal Bush-pea
Pultenaea maritima de Kok APNI*
Synonyms: Pultenaea maritima R.P.J.de Kok ms (Hind 3092) APNI*
Description: Prostrate shrub, mat forming; stems spreading-pubescent.
Leaves alternate, elliptic, oblong to spathulate, 3.5–5 mm long, 1.8–2.8 mm wide, margin incurved apex acute to emarginate, concolorous. Stipules 1.1–2 mm long.
Inflorescence subterminal or apparently terminal, dense to somewhat lax, leafy; bracts absent. Flowers 6.5–10 mm long; pedicels c. 0.5 mm long. Bracteoles 3–3.3 mm long, fused halfway with stipules, longer than stipules, hairy, attached at the base of calyx. Calyx 3.8–5 mm long, hairy, upper teeth recurved, apex acute to acuminate. Ovary hairy at apex only.
Pods c. 5 mm long, turgid.
Distribution and occurrence: North from the Terrigal area. NC, CC. Qld.
Growing in grasslands on exposed coastal headlands. Clay or sandy loam or clay loam over sandstone at altitude 5–30 m . Associated with Banksia integrifolia and Themeda australis.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable
This taxon was first referred to as the prostrate maritime form of P. villosa (Hind 3092)
Text by P.H. Weston & R.P.J. de Kok
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