Common name: Bearded Bush-pea
Pultenaea aristata Sieber ex DC. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub; stems glabrous to sparsely spreading-hairy.
Leaves alternate, linear to narrow-elliptic, concave, 8–22 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, apex aristate, margins involute, surfaces concolorous, strongly tuberculate; stipules usually 5–6 mm long.
Inflorescences apparently terminal, dense; bracts imbricate, persistent, each composed of a leafless pair of enlarged stipules. Flowers c. 12 mm long; pedicels 1–2 mm long; bracteoles 7–8 mm long, lacking stipules, linear to linear-ovate, aristate, hairy, attached near centre of calyx tube. Calyx c. 9 mm long, aristate to acuminate. Ovary hairy only at apex.
Pod c. 6 mm long, turgid.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist, dry sclerophyll woodland to heath on sandstone; Helensburgh to Mt Keira.
NSW subdivisions: CC
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
Text by P.H. Weston & R.P.J. de Kok
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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