Genista linifolia L.

Flax-leaf Broom

Sp. Pl.:, edn 2, 997 (1763) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect or spreading shrub to 3 m tall; stems appressed-pubescent, ribbed. Leaves trifoliolate; leaflets linear-oblanceolate, 1–2.5 cm long, 0.5–4.5 mm wide, more or less sessile, dark green and glabrescent above, paler and appressed-pubescent below, margins recurved or revolute, apex mucronate; stipules absent. Flowers 3–16 in congested or lax terminal raceme; bract subulate, to c. 4 mm long, pubescent, distal on pedicel; bracteoles subulate, to c. 3 mm long, pubescent, attached at base of calyx. Calyx 6–10 mm long, pubescent, teeth longer than tube; corolla 10–15 mm long; standard uniformly silky-haired. Pod narrow-oblong, 13–30 mm long, densely pubescent; seeds 2–6, ovoid to globose, c. 3 mm long, olive-green, aril orange. Flowers mainly Aug.–Nov.

*Brid, *CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to the Mediterranean area. A garden or hedge plant that has become established mainly in southern Victoria, particularly on the Mornington Peninsula, and readily invades disturbed areas such as roadsides, fence-lines and grazing land. Declared a noxious weed in Victoria.

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, 2019-08-28
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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 linifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Genista linifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales