Common name: Dingo Creek Bush-pea
Pultenaea furcata M.A.M.Renner & R.L.Barrett APNI*
Synonyms: Pultenaea sp. Dingo Creek (M.A.M.Renner 9176 & J.M.Cohen) APNI*
Description: Erect Shrub to 2.5 m; branchlets glabrous.
Leaves alternate, linear, with abaxial surface cells each bearing a low triangular mamilla, 7.3–18.7 mm long, 0.4–1.0 mm wide, apex acuminate, margins involute, surfaces glaucous above, dull mid-green below, stipules c. 6.5 mm long.
Inflorescence terminating leafy shoots, dense, leafy, the leaves often smaller and with slightly enlarged stipules; bracts absent. Flowers c. 12 mm long; pedicels c. 1 mm long; bracteoles c. 5 mm long, lacking stipules, narrow-ovate to ovate, acuminate, villose, attached at lower part of calyx tube. Calyx c. 6 mm long; lobes acuminate. Ovary glabrous.
Pods not seen.
Distribution and occurrence: Eastern side of the Newnes Plateau.
Grows in dry sclerophyll forest in sandstone gullies and between pagodas.
NSW subdivisions: CT
Previously included under P. glabra. Pultenaea furcata differs from P. glabra in the linear leaves up to 1.0 mm wide (oblanceolate and up to 2.1 mm wide in P. glabra), the abaxial surface cells each bearing a low triangular mamilla (only bulging and with fine granular ornamentation in P. glabra), and the calyx is villous (glabrous in P. glabra).
Text by M.A.M.Renner & R.L.Barrett, Aug. 2022
Taxon concept: Renner et al., Aust. Syst. Bot. 35: 147 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1071/SB21030
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