Seeds of South Australia
Pultenaea laxiflora (Leguminosae)
Loose-flower Bush-pea
List of species for Pultenaea
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Seed collecting:
November to January
Herbarium regions:
Northern Lofty, Murray, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic Plain
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)
Glenelg Plain (NCP02)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [lots of populations on roadsides]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Near Threatened   [uncommon]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D1+2)   [Tothills ]
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   (Probable Decline)
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   [in Frances cemetary]
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. Laxiflora from the Latin 'laxus' meaning loose or open and 'florus' meaning flower.
Distribution:
Found on Kangaroo Island, Mount Lofty Ranges and the South-east in South Australia, growing in dry sclerophyll woodland. Also found in New South Wales and Victoria
Status:
Native. Rare in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Slender spreading or semi-prostrate shrub to 60 cm high with pale stems covered in appressed hairs when young. Leaves alternate, linear-terete, to 12 mm long, grooved above, usually broader at tip, apex obtuse, recurved, upper surface light green and glabrous, darker beneath and slightly hairy. Inflorescence in clusters of 3–6 yellow pea-flowers  on a long (2-6 mm) hairy stalk. Flowering between October to November.
Fruit type:
Hairy flatten brown ovoid pod to 5 mm long.
Embryo type:
Bent.
Seed collecting:
Collect maturing pods, those that are brown or turning brown and contain hard dark 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 germination:
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.