Genista germanica L.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Genista germanica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/genista/genista-germanica/). Accessed 2020-07-07.

Genus

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lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
reflexed
Folded backwards.
standard petal
(in the flowers of some legumes) Large upper petal; also known as ‘vexillum’.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Genista germanica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/genista/genista-germanica/). Accessed 2020-07-07.

A deciduous shrub about 2 ft high, with spiny, hairy shoots; spines mostly branched, 12 to 34 in. long. Leaves ovate-lanceolate, 12 to 34 in. long, 18 to 14 in. wide, hairy especially about the margins, dark green. Racemes 1 to 2 in. long, terminating leafy, spineless shoots. Flowers yellow, 13 to 12 in. long; standard petal reflexed. Pods 12 in. long, hairy. Blossoms in June.

This species is fairly widely distributed, from S.W. France through central Europe to western central Russia and as far south-east as Bulgaria. Its nearest ally is G. anglica (q.v. for the marks of difference). It is apt to grow rank, and become rather ragged in rich garden soil; a sunny, rather dry position suits it best.


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