Plants of the Castlemaine District

Gorse Bitter-pea - native (Daviesia ulicifolia)

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Family: Fabaceae (Pea family).

Native of Australia.

bush pea

A very common and widespread prickly shrub. The flowers are in shortly-stalked clusters from the leaf bases. Typical height is to about half a metre. As in other Daviesias, the seed pods are triangular.

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A form of Gorse Bitter-pea growing west of Newstead has much narrower leaves.

Name: ulicifolia: Gorse-like leaves.

1: Near the summit of One Tree Hill. 2, 4: Castlemaine. 3: Narrow-leaf form from St Arnaud. Dried specimen.

bush peabush peabush pea bush pea 5: Gorse Bitter-pea in pod. The pods are more or less triangular. Photo 5: Max Schlachter.