Common name: Montpellier Broom
Genista monspessulana (L.) L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Synonyms: Teline monspessulana (L.) K.Koch APNI*
Description: Erect shrub to c. 3 m high; stems pubescent with appressed to spreading hairs.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate to oblanceolate, 0.5–2 cm long, 2–10 mm wide, sparsely appressed-pubescent, often glabrescent above, apex mucronate; petiole 2–4 mm long; stipules 1–2 mm long.
Racemes 3–7-flowered, terminal on stems and lateral branches; pedicels 1.5–3 mm long; bracts 2–7 mm long; bracteoles minute, linear. Calyx 4–7 mm long. Corolla yellow, mostly 8–12 mm long.
Pod narrow-oblong, 15–25 mm long, flat, densely hairy; seeds 6–7, ± globose, c. 2.5 mm long, black, with a small tan aril.
Flowering: spring and summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated and widely naturalized. Native of Medit. & Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
Text by C. Gardner
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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