prickly beauty (Pultenaea juniperina)

Size: 
Spindly plant to 2m high
Form: 
Shrub
Natural Distribution: 
Widespread in Tasmania and Victoria
Description: 

Prickly beauty can sucker and form extensive thickets. From September to November it produces golden yellow flowers in abundance - hence its common name.

Its species name 'juniperina' comes from its resemblance to the short, needle-like leaves found on the foliage of northern hemisphere junipers (pines). 

Habitat Value:

The prickly foliage protects small birds and mammals from predators - particularly good protection for bandicoots. 

(Photos:  Fiona Rice)

STUDENT INQUIRY QUESTION

Plants have many different coloured flowers. Some flowers are more attractive to birds, while others are more attractive to insects.

What type of animal is most attracted to prickly beauty's flowers? Why?