Common name: Bronze Bush-pea, Hairy Bush-pea
Pultenaea villosa Willd. APNI*
Description: Prostrate to erect shrub; stems pubescent with spreading to curly hairs.
Leaves alternate, narrow- to broad-obovate to cuneate to spathulate, 3–10 mm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, apex obtuse to rounded or rarely acute, recurved, margins incurved to involute, concolorous or lower surface darker than upper; stipules 1–4 mm long.
Inflorescences subterminal or apparently terminal, dense to somewhat lax, leafy; bracts absent. Flowers 5–12 mm long; pedicels 1–4 mm long; bracteoles c. 3 mm long, fused to stipules at base, more than twice length of stipules, villous or rarely glabrous, attached at base or occasionally towards centre of calyx tube. Calyx 3.5–11 mm long, glabrous to sparsely hairy; lobes bristly, acuminate to acute. Ovary hairy only at apex.
Pod 4–6 mm long, turgid.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest to heath or grassland, on a variety of substrates.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by P.H. Weston & R.P.J. de Kok
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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