Cytisus multiflorus (L’Hér.) Sweet

White Spanish-broom

Hort. Brit. 112 (1827)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect shrub to 3 m tall; stems numerous, glabrescent, ribbed. Leaves trifoliolate and shortly petiolate on lower stems, 1-foliolate and subsessile higher up; leaflets linear-lanceolate or narrow-oblong, to c. 12 mm long, to c. 4 mm wide, sessile, silvery-silky, apex acute or obtuse; stipules absent. Flowers 1–3 per leaf-axil, arranged in long, interrupted raceme; pedicels slender, 3–6 mm long; calyx 2–3 mm long, sparsely hairy, lips about equal in length; corolla white, c. 10 mm long; standard elliptic, glabrous. Pod linear-oblong, 20–30 mm long, 4–6 mm wide, appressed-silky; seeds mostly 3–6, ovoid to globose, c. 2.5 mm long, compressed, olive-green. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

*CVU, *Gold, *VVP. Native to Spain, Portugal, France. Currently known from 2 infestations in Victoria, at Creswick and near Castlemaine, where it grows near watercourses.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Fabaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Cytisus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cytisus multiflorus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cytisus multiflorus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised

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South Australia