Genista stenopetala Webb & Berthel.

Hist. Nat. Iles Canaries 2: 39 (1842) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect or spreading shrub or small tree to 3.5 m tall; stems appressed-pubescent to glabrous, ribbed. Leaves on petioles 4–12 mm long; leaflets elliptic to obovate or oblanceolate, 0.8–3 cm long, 3–10 mm wide, subsessile, sparsely appressed-pubescent, often glabrescent above, margins flat, apex mucronate; stipules narrow-triangular, 1–2.5 mm long. Flowers 5–26 in elongated terminal racemes to 11 cm long, forming on main stems and lateral branches; bracts mostly subulate, 2–4 mm long, pubescent, basal on pedicle; bracteoles subulate, c. 1.5 mm long, pubescent, attached at base of calyx. Calyx c. 5 mm long, pubescent, teeth c. equal to tube; corolla 10–14 mm long; standard more or less glabrous. Pod narrow-oblong, 25–30 mm long, densely pubescent; seeds 5–7, globose, c. 3 mm long, somewhat compressed, shiny, black, aril small, tan. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

*GipP, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, NSW, Tas. Native of Madeira and the Canary Islands, plants establishing in disturbed areas near old gardens.

Forms a species complex with Genista monspessulana and G. ×spachiana. See notes under those species.

The name Genista maderensis (Webb & Berthel.) Lowe has previously been misapplied to this species in Australia.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-04-29
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-13
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Genista
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Genista stenopetala in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Genista stenopetala in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales