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Family: Fabaceae
Genista linifolia

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. edn 2, 2:997 (1763).

Synonymy: Cytisus linifolius (L.)Lam., Fl. Franc. 2:624 (1778); Teline linifolia (L.)Webb & Berth. Phyt. Canar. 2:41 (1842).

Common name: Flax-leaved broom.

Shrubs 50-150 cm high, erect branches grooved, pubescent; leaves subsessile, 3-foliolate, exstipulate, leaflets linear-oblanceolate, 10-25 x 2-4.5 mm, glabrescent above, appressed-sericeous beneath, markedly involute, the immersed midrib ending in a mucro; stipules absent.

Flowers on pubescent pedicels 2-4 mm long, few to 10 (or more) in congested or lax terminal racemes, often 1 subulate bract distally on the pedicel, c. 4 mm long, the 2 subulate bracteoles c. 3 mm long, all pubescent, persistent, attached at the base of the calyx; calyx campanulate, 6-10 mm long, sericeous, 2-lipped; the upper lobes triangular-lanceolate, deeply divided; the lower short, triangular, c. 2 mm long; petals yellow, standard broadly ovate, 10-14 mm long, sericeous; wings narrow-obovate, shortest, pubescent; keel nearly equalling the standard, obovate, appressed-sericeous; ovary sessile, gradually tapering into a recurved style, stigma terminal.

Pod narrowly oblong in outline, 15-20 mm long, densely pubescent, 2-4-seeded; seed subglobular to ovoid, c. 3 mm long, olive-green.

image of FSA2_Genista_lin.jpg Genista linifolia twig, leaves above and below, legumes and seed.
Image source: fig 382b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Parsons (1973) Noxious weeds of Victoria, figs 178-180.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: EP, NL, SL.   W.Aust.; Vic.;.   Native to the Mediterranean.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Oct. — Nov.

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Biology: No text

Uses: Introduced as an ornamental.

Author: Not yet available

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