Seeds of South Australia
Pultenaea daphnoides (Leguminosae)
Large-leaf Bush Pea
List of species for Pultenaea
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Seed collecting:
November to January
Herbarium regions:
Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island
IBRA regions
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Least Concern
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Pultenaea]
Name derivation:
Pultenaea named after Richard Pulteney (1730 – 1801), an English physician, botanist and biographer of Carl Linnaeus. Daphnoides means resembling the Daphne, an old name for bay-laurel and is from the Dryad nymph of chastity, Daphne, in Greek mythology.
Found on Kangaroo Island and the southern Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia, growing in dry to wet sclerophyll woodland and heathland. Also found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Erect shrub to 3 m high with ridged or angled stems, hairy when young. Leaves alternate, narrowly to broadly obovate or cuneate, to 30 mm long and 20 mm wide, apex obtuse or truncate, upper surface glabrous, darker than lower, lower surface glabrous or with sparse hairs. Inflorescence terminal clusters with 6–15 yellow pea-flowers with a red centre. Flowering between September to November.
Fruit type:
Hairy flat, brown ovoid pod to 7 mm long.
Seed type:
Dark brown to black reniform seed to 3.5 mm long and 2 mm wide, with a cream aril.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect maturing pods, those that are brown or turning brown and contain hard seeds inside.
Seed cleaning:
Place the pods in a paper bag and leave to dry for one to two weeks. Then rub the pods with a rubber bung to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was average, at 80%.
Seed germination:
This species has physical dormancy that needs to be overcome for the seed to germinate. The seed coat needs to be ruptured so that water can enter the seed before germination can occur. Methods to rupture the seed coat include scarification with sand paper or nicking the seed coat with a sharp blade or hot water treatment by immersion in boiling water.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
1340 (7.62 g)
1433 (8.6 g)
>1005-Jan-2005MKJ 64
Southern Lofty
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.