Scientific nameThe Cape Town pea is a ground-hugging shrub from the pea family, that forms a mat across the ground and flowering in spring. It survives fires by resprouting from its roots and prefers acid soil.
Sow seed in late summer to autumn (March to May), treating the seed with smoke extract should increase the number of seedlings, and treating with fungicide to combat pre- and post-emergence damping off will increase the number of surviving seedlings. Pot up into a sandy, acidic soil medium suitable for fynbos plants.
It may propagated from cuttings taken from new growth of the plant, and treated with a rooting hormone suitable for softwood cuttings.
This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.
We are in need of this species! Can you help? Maybe you have this species at home, or perhaps you can collect seeds or cuttings (if applicable) from friends or from a public space. If so, why don't you help establish this species in areas where it is much needed!
Conservation status: Rare
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
Suitable for sandy soil
It provides food for:
Otholobium bracteolatum is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos