Seeds of South Australia
Pultenaea vestita (Leguminosae)
Feather Bush-pea
List of species for Pultenaea
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Seed collecting:
December to February
Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island
NRM regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke
IBRA regions
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [likes limestone; prob stable on sth coast]
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D1)   [restricted habitat]
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Talia (EYB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
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. Vestita from the Latin 'vestitus' meaning to clothed; possibly referring to the ciliate stipules that closely imbricating the flowers.
Found on the Eyre Peninsula, southern Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island in South Australia, growing in dry sclerophyll forest, mallee and heaths on cliffs or fore-dunes on and or loams over limestone near the coast. Also found in Western Australia.
Native. Rare in South Australia. Very rare in Western Australia.
Plant description:
Erect to prostrate, sometimes mat-forming shrub to 2 m high, with branchlets sparsely to densely hairy. Leaves alternate, to 9.2 mm long and 1.8 mm wide, elliptic to linear, not pungent tip, concave to channelled or 1-furrowed above by the in curved margins. Inflorescences few in dense terminal heads often on end of branches or axillary at first, with yellow to red pea-flowers. Flowering between November and January.
Fruit type:
Hairy brown ovoid pod.
Seed type:
Yellowish brown with minor black mottled reniform seed to 2 mm long and 1.2 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 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.