Common name: Wingello Bush-pea
Pultenaea elusa (J.D.Briggs & Crisp) R.L.Barrett & Clugston APNI*
Synonyms: Pultenaea elusa (J.D.Briggs & Crisp) de Kok APNI*
Pultenaea parrisiae subsp. elusa J.D.Briggs & Crisp APNI*
Description: Straggling shrub, branches up to 0.5 metres long; branchlets sparsely to densely hairy, hairs appressed.
Leaves alternate, 5–16 mm long, 0.6–2 mm wide, linear, straight, widest point at or above middle, smooth; apex acute, pungent, recurved; base attenuate to cuneate, midrib prominent; upper leaf surface glabrous, lower leaf surface sparsely to moderately hairy; hairs appressed, grooved. Petioles not decurrent. stipules 5–9 mm long, appressed.
Inflorescence dense, the few infloresence-subtending bracts forming a lax involucre, flower-subtending bracts scale-like, persistent. Pedicel 1–1.2 mm long. Calyx 4–4.5 mm long, moderately to strongly hairy; lobes all straight, upper lobes apex acute, lower lobes apex acuminate. Bracteoles 3–3.5 mm long, boat-shaped to linear. Standard 5.5–7 mm long, yellow to orange; wing 5–6 mm long, yellow to orange; keel 5–5.5 mm long, red to purple.
Pods 4–4.5 mm long.
Flowering: September to November.
Distribution and occurrence: In swamps near Penrose and Wingello on the central tablelands of NSW.
In swamps at about 600 metres altitude.
NSW subdivisions: CT
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Critically Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Endangered
This species is considered data-deficient by Saving our Species (SoS, DPIE) which means a conservation project cannot be developed for it. Visit their website and contact SoS if you have additional information.
Despite several searches in the type location and other likely localities, this taxon has not been seen for more than 60 years.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: de Kok, R.P.J. & WEest, J.G. (2004) A revision of the genus Pultenaea (Fabaceae). 3. The eastern species with recurved leaves. Australian Systematic Botany 17, p288.
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