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A deciduous shrub with a prostrate root-stock producing more or less erect, grooved, slender, soon glabrous young shoots from 3 to 10 in. long. Leaves simple, 1⁄4 to 3⁄4 in. long, oblong-lanceolate, pointed, glabrous. Flowers one to three in the leaf-axils, crowded to form leafy, slender racemes 6 in. or more long; corolla bright yellow, 3⁄8 in. long, glabrous. Pod 3⁄4 in. long, glabrous or slightly hairy.
Native of S.E. Europe, often in calcareous regions. In May and June, when in flower, it is quite one of the most attractive dwarf brooms.