Dyer's Greenweed - Genista tinctoria


    Prostrate to erect spineless plant to 1.5 metres though often less. Leaves oval to linear-lanceolate. Flowers 8 to 15 mm in leafy, stalked spikes, standard equalling keel. Pod narrow-oblong, hairless.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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    Grassy habitats, meadows, road verges and banks.

    When to see it

    Flowers July to September.

    Life History

    Deciduous subshrub.

    UK Status

    Widespread but very local in much of England and Wales, and scarce elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    This plant has now become scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 14 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map