Coast Headland 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 maritima
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 24 Sep 2004
Profile last updated: 21 Jun 2018


Pultenaea maritima is a prostrate, mat forming shrub with hairy stems. Its leaves are 3.5-5 mm long, 1.8-2.8 mm wide, with incurved margins. The stipules (at the leaf bases) are 1.1-2 mm long. Inflorescences are leafy and appear at or towards the ends of branches. The pea-flowers are 6.5-10 mm long on stalks about 0.5 mm long. Pods are about 5 mm long. The species was first described in 2002 and was previously considered a prostrate maritime form of Pultenaea villosa.


Occurs in New South Wales and Queensland. Within NSW, the species has been recorded from Newcastle north to Byron Bay on 16 headlands. Populations vary from a few plants to larger populations of many hundreds of individuals where the species is a major component of the Kangaroo Grass Headland community. Five sites occur within conservation reserves.

Habitat and ecology

  • The species occurs in grasslands, shrublands and heath on exposed coastal headlands and adjoining low coastal heath.
  • Found on clay or sandy loam or clay loam over sandstone at altitude 5–30 m .
  • Associated with Banksia integrifolia and Themeda australis.
  • Flowers from (June) August to March; fruit occurs from January to March.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known within 1 km of the coast
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Predicted Within 1km of the coast
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known Within 1km of the coast
NSW North CoastYuraygir Known within 1 km of the coast
OceanTweed-Moreton Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Predicted within 1 km of the coast
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known within 1 km of the coast
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Predicted Within 1km of the coast
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted within 1 km of the coast
Sydney BasinHunter Predicted Within 1km of the coast
Sydney BasinWyong Known Within 1km of the coast