Seeds of South Australia
Pultenaea tenuifolia (Leguminosae)
Slender Bush-pea
List of species for Pultenaea
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Seed collecting:
December to February
Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic Plain
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern
Glenelg Plain (NCP02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Least Concern
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Near Threatened
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Near Threatened
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Least Concern
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU C2a(i))   (Definite Decline)
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Least Concern
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Least Concern
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Least Concern
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
IBRA regions
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Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic PlainRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
4 of 4 subregionsNaracoorte Coastal PlainLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 2 subregionsKanmantooNear Threatened
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty BlockRare
  (IUCN: RA d(ii))
2 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
, Vulnerable
4 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Rare
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. Tenuifolia from the Latin 'tenuis' meaning slender and 'folium' meaning a leaf; referring to the species having slender leaves.
Distribution:
Found in the southern part of South Australia, from the Eyre Peninsula to the South-east, growing in dry sclerophyll forest, open woodland, heaths and (damp) mallee, swamps, coastal dunes and cliffs or in swales or sandy blowouts. Also found in Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Western Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Erect to prostrate spreading shrub to 1.3 m high with soft hairs on branches and leaves. Leaves alternate, to 10.2 mm long and 2 mm with, linear, often obovate, broadly u-shaped, glabrous to densely hairy, apex acute, straight. Inflorescence of 1 or 2 yellow and red flowers at tips of short, lateral branches surrounded by cluster of leaves. Flowering between September and January.
Fruit type:
Hairy brown ovoid pod to 5.5 mm.
Embryo type:
Bent.
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 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.