Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Medium to tall perennial shrubs; stems well-branched, spinescent. Leaves usually alternate, initially trifoliolate, reduced to scales or spine-like phyllodes on mature plants, sessile; stipules absent. Flowers axillary, borne singly or rarely clustered in racemes or umbels; bracteoles 2, broad; bracts small. Calyx 2-lipped to the base, 5-toothed, membranous, persistent, upper lip 2-toothed, lower lip 3-toothed; petals clawed, yellow; standard ovate; wings obtuse, narrow; keel obtuse, lower margin pilose; stamens monadelphous, anthers alternately long and short; ovary sessile, style incurved, glabrous, stigma subcapitate, terminal, ovules many. Pod ovoid to linear-oblong, compressed or turgid, densely hairy, barely exserted from calyx, explosively dehiscent; seeds 1–6, arillate.

About 20 species, from Europe and northern Africa; 1 species naturalised in Australia.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
Higher taxa
genus Ulex
Subordinate taxa