prickly beauty (Pultenaea juniperina)
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).
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?