Seeds of South Australia
Pultenaea teretifolia var. brachyphylla (Leguminosae)
Kangaroo Island Terete-leaf Bush-pea
List of species for Pultenaea
Display more images
Click on an image to enlarge it
Seed collecting:
November to January
Herbarium region:
Kangaroo Island
NRM region:
Kangaroo Island
IBRA region
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [endemic to KI; occurs in heavily cleared areas]
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. Teretifolia from the Latin 'teres' meaning rounded and 'folium' meaning a leaf; referring to the leaves having a round cross-section. Brachyphylla from the Greek 'brachys' meaning short and 'phylla' suffix for leaf; referring to the shorter leaves in this variety.
Endemic to South Australia and found only on the western side of Kangaroo Island.
Native. Rare in South Australia.
Plant description:
Slender shrub with stems to 60 cm long covered in soft hairs. Leaves terete,3-5 mm long, obtuse, mostly crowded at the ends of the branchlets, furrowed by the curved margins, upper surface glabrous and hidden by the lower, Inflorescence with 1 or 2 yellow and red pea-flowers, rarely few in heads. This variety differ from the other variety found in South Australia Pultenaea teretifolia var. teretifolia which have leaves mostly 7-10 mm long, sometimes to 13 mm and flowers 3-5, sometimes to 6, terminally condensed on short branchlets. Flowering between October and November.
Fruit type:
Hairy brown ovoid pod.
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 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.