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Torrington 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: Almaleea cambagei
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 19 Nov 2018


Torrington Pea is a short, spindly shrub up to 2 m tall, with small leaves and orange-yellow pea flowers. The leaves are 3 - 10 mm long and 0.5 -1.5 mm wide with rounded tips. They have a minutely warty or rough underside and are pressed against the stems. The stems are covered with soft hairs. The brightly coloured flowers are about 5mm wide and grow at the end of the stems, but plants may be quite inconspicuous when not in flower. Small seed pods, 3 - 5 mm long, follow the September-November flowering period.


The majority of Almaleea cambagei populations occur within Torrington State Conservation Area on the New England Tablelands, with a few populations potentially occurring in the adjacent agricultural lands. The species is also reported from Girraween National Park in Queensland. It is known from fewer than 15 populations and has a highly restricted distribution with an extent of occurrence of approximately 88 square km.

Habitat and ecology

  • May require regular fire to maintain populations. Too-infrequent fire may lead to population decline, particularly if the fire interval is greater than 20 years.
  • Usually grows in wet heath and acid swamp areas and along watercourses on granite, above 900 m altitude.
  • Associated species include Baeckea omissa, Epacris microphylla, Callistemon sieberi, Leptospermum and Restio species.
  • Flowers from September to November. The species does not spread vegetatively and is probably an obligate seeder.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsBeardy River Hills Predicted None
New England TablelandsBinghi Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsDeepwater Downs Predicted None
New England TablelandsGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts Predicted None
New England TablelandsNightcap Known None
New England TablelandsTenterfield Plateau Predicted None