Contr. New South Wales Natl Herb. 3: 98 (1962) APNI
Erect shrub to 3 m tall; stems pubescent with appressed or spreading hairs, ribbed. Leaves trifoliolate, shortly petiolate; leaflets obovate, 0.5–2.5 cm long, 2–15 mm wide, subsessile, sparsely appressed-pubescent, often glabrescent above, margins flat, apex mucronate; stipules triangular-lanceolate, 1–2 mm long. Flowers 3–7 in condensed terminal racemes to c. 2 cm long; bracts 1–3-foliolate, 2–7 mm long, pubescent, basal on pedicel; bracteoles subulate, c. 1 mm long, pubescent, attached at base of calyx. Calyx 4–7 mm long, pubescent, teeth not longer than tube; corolla 8–13 mm long; standard more or less glabrous. Pod narrow-oblong, 15–30 mm long, densely pubescent; seeds 6–7, globose, c. 3 mm long, somewhat compressed, shiny, black, aril small, tan Flowers mainly Aug.–Nov.
*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *MonT, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, NI, ACT, Tas (naturalised). Native to Europe, the Mediterranean area. A garden or hedge plant that has become established throughout higher rainfall parts of the State, and readily invades disturbed areas such as roadsides, fence-lines and grazing land. Declared a noxious weed in Victoria.
Plants may not always be readily distinugished from Genista stenopetala and G. ×spachiana. There are taxonomic difficulties in this group and interspecific hybridization appears to be rather common. These 2 species vary only in their many-flowered terminal racemes and slightly larger leaflets but these features, on some specimens, grade into G. monspessulana. The majority of collections in Victoria are included in G. monspessulana.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|