Genista tinctoria L.

Dyer's Greenweed

Sp. Pl. 2: 710 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Erect shrub to 2 m tall; stems glabrous or sparsely hairy, ribbed. Leaves simple, subsessile, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, 1–4 cm long, 3–15 mm wide, glabrous or with silky hairs on margins, apex acute; stipules subulate, 1–2 mm long. Flowers solitary, axillary, restricted to ends of branches; bracts absent; bracteoles narrow-triangular or subulate, c. 1 mm long, attached at or just below base of calyx. Calyx 5–6 mm long, glabrous, teeth shorter than to longer than tube; corolla 10–15 mm long; standard glabrous. Pod linear-lanceolate, 15–30 mm long, glabrous or pubescent; seeds 4–12, subglobose, 2–2.5 mm long, tan. Flowers Jan.–Mar.

Known from a single record in Victoria from Buckley Falls near Geelong in 1992. Plants do not appear to have persisted at this site, and may have possibly never truly naturalised here.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-04-29
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-13
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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 tinctoria in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Genista tinctoria in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain extinct cultivated

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