Common name: Balangaranda Bush-pea
Pultenaea williamsii I.Telford, Clugston & R.L.Barrett APNI*
Synonyms: Pultenaea sp. Yarrowyck (J.B.Williams NE10386) I.Telford APNI*
Description: Shrub to 3 m high; branchlets with sparse to moderately dense straight or crisped hairs.
Leaves alternate, narrow-elliptic, flat to concave, 13.2–24 mm long, 1.8–3.8 mm wide, apex acute, mucronate, margins incurved, lower surface darker than upper; stipules 2.3–4.5 mm long.
Inflorescences irregular, not terminal, lax, leafy; bracts absent. Flowers 9–11 mm long; pedicels 2.2–4.6 mm long; bracteoles 1.8–2.7 mm long, lacking stipules, lanceolate, acuminate, sparsely hairy, attached just above base of calyx tube. Calyx 4.6–6.2 mm long, sparsely hairy; lobes acuminate. Ovary glabrous.
Pods 8–8.6 mm long, turgid.
Distribution and occurrence: Found between Yarrowyck and Tingha on the New England Tableland.
Woodland on rocky sites on granite, granodiorite and metasediments at 1100–1200 m altitude.
NSW subdivisions: NT
With affinities to Pultenaea blakelyi, differing in larger, more rigidly pungent leaves, longer stipules (2.8–3.2 vs 0.8–1.5 mm), larger calyx (5.8–6.8 vs 4–5.2 mm long) and larger standard (8.5–9.2 vs 5.4–7.6 mm long). Similar to Pultenaea flexilis, but with longer leaves with distinctive conical papillae below.
Text by I.R.H.Telford & R.L.Barrett
Taxon concept: Telford et al., Telopea 25: 167 (2022). https://dx.doi.org/10.7751/telopea15746
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