Pultenaea daphnoides

Large-leaf Bush-pea

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Faboideae

Natural distribution: mainly coastal with some occurrences on the tablelands, along the entirety of the NSW coast and into Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Commonly on sandstone and sand, in heath as well as dry and wet sclerophyll woodlands and forest.

It is an upright shrub, growing to about 2 m tall and 1 m wide. The leaves have a distinctive cuneate to obovate shape (widest at apex), to 4 cm long and about 1 cm wide, mid to dark green. The apices of leaves have a small sharp point (mucro).

Flowers are typically pea-shaped (papilionate) and a striking deep yellow with red markings. Flowers produced in terminal umbel-like heads, about 3 x 3 cm.

Flowers in late winter to mid spring.

Being in the Fabaceae family, the fruits are pods, very small in this species.

In the garden

A feature or stand-alone plant, gap fillers, useful for gardens with sandstone outcrops, insect attracting and colour diversity. Should be pruned lightly after flowering. Give some water in dry periods.

The author has some experience growing plants successfully on a sandy slope in Sydney.
It will tolerate a sunny position but likely does better with some dappled shade and likely needs good drainage.


Treat seed with boiling water before sowing.

Other information

Not at risk in the wild.
Regenerates from seed after fire.

Pultenaea is named in honour of Dr Richard Pulteney (1730–1801) – an English botanist who published a biography of Carl von Linne (Linnaeus)
daphnoides – resembling species of the Daphne genus (which translates to “laurel” in Greek).

NSW Flora Online – PlantNET (http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Pultenaea~daphnoides)

By Dan Clarke