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Pultenaea tuberculata Pers.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Common name: Wreath Bush-pea

Pultenaea tuberculata Pers. APNI*

Synonyms: Pultenaea elliptica Sm. APNI*
Pultenaea sp. H sensu Weston (1991) APNI*
Pultenaea elliptica var. oblongifolia DC. ex Sieber APNI*

Description: Erect to spreading shrub; stems curly-pubescent, obscured by appressed stipules.

Leaves alternate, (narrow-) elliptic to (narrow-) obovate to spathulate or narrowly so, flat to concave, usually 3.2–15 mm long and 1.5–5 mm wide (rarely to 25 mm long and 8 mm wide), apex acute to obtuse, rarely aristate, margins incurved, lower surface darker than upper; stipules 3–6.5 mm long.

Inflorescences subterminal, often dense, leafy, the leaves often wider and/or longer and with enlarged stipules; bracts absent. Flowers 10–16 mm long; pedicels 0.5–1.5 mm long; bracteoles 4–7 mm long, fused to stipules to just below tip, about as long as stipules, subulate, mostly hairy, attached at base of calyx tube; bracteolar stipules oblong, with free, acuminate tips. Calyx 7.5–8 mm long, tube glabrous to sparsely hairy; teeth moderately to densely hairy, acuminate. Ovary hairy only at apex.

Pods c. 5 mm long, turgid.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest to heath on sandstone, Lake Macquarie to Bermagui.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST
AVH map***

This species is highly variable with differences (in leaf and flower size and in flower colour) often observed between plants at the same locality. P. species H represents large-flowered, large-leaved plants that might be polyploid individuals.

Text by P.H. Weston & R.P.J. de Kok
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APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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