Smooth Bush-Pea - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Pultenaea glabra
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 07 Sep 2012


An erect shrub to 1.5 m tall with smooth hairless stems and leaves. Leaves are alternate, narrow, concave, to 20mm x 2mm, with a pointed tip. The yellow/orange pea-like flowers are borne in dense subterminal or apparently terminal inflorescences. Fruit is a swollen pod to 5 mm long. The Pultenaea glabra species complex is the subject of ongoing research.


Restricted to the higher Blue Mountains and has been recorded from the Katoomba-Hazelbrook and Mount Victoria areas, with unconfirmed sightings in the Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine areas. All known populations occur within the Blue Mountains Local Government Area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in swamp margins, hillslopes, gullies and creekbanks and occurs within dry sclerophyll forest and tall damp heath on sandstone.
  • Flowers September to November, fruit matures October to December.
  • Fire sensitive, with adults killed by fire and recruitment occurring from a persistent soil stored seed bank. Seed germination will not occur in the absence of fire as the hard-coated seed requires heat to break seed dormancy, as is typical of species within Fabaceae.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

CMA CMA sub-region Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Central WestWollemi Known None
Hawkesbury-NepeanBurragorang (Part A) Predicted None
Hawkesbury-NepeanWollemi Known None