Daviesia ulicifolia

Family Fabaceae

Prickly shrub to 2 m high, with pungent phyllodes, usually narrow, 5–20 mm long. Longevity possibly to 30 years.

Flowers: Yellow/red pea flowers, September – November.

Fruit: Pod, 5–8 mm long, 3–5 mm wide containing one seed.

Seed: Mature during November–December and are expelled from the pod as it dries and twists open.Local dispersal possibly assisted by ants. Hard seeded with physical dormancy. Soil stored seedbank. Germinates readily with scarification.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Open woodland habitat.
  • Occasioanl clusters in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Killed by fire. Re-establishes from soil-stored seedbank.
  • Flowers and sets seed 2 years after fire.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Daviesia ulicifolia plant

Daviesia ulicifolia flower

Daviesia ulicifolia fruit

Daviesia ulicifolia seed