Leaves alternate, 1- or 3-foliolate; petiolate; stipules minute or absent.
Flowers axillary, forming leafy, terminal racemes; bracts and bracteoles caducous. Calyx prominently 2-lipped, upper lip 2-toothed, lower 3-toothed, teeth minute. Standard ± circular. Stamens monodelphous; anthers alternately long and basifixed and short and dorsifixed. Ovary sessile; c. 2-ovuled; style upcurved to looped; stigma capitate or introrse.
Pod mostly oblong, explosively dehiscent; seeds several, aril present.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 30 species, Europe and Mediterranean. Australia: 1 or 2 species (naturalized), all States except N.T. & Qld. Brooms
Text by C. Gardner
|One species in NSW: Cytisus scoparius|