Gorse - Ulex europaeus
Densely branched shrub to 2 metres, main spines stout, 12 to 25 mm long and furrowed. Flowers golden yellow, 15 to 20 mm long, sepals almost as long as the petals. Pod 11 to 20 mm densely hairy.
Grassland heaths, hedgerows, roadsides etc.
All year round especially late winter and early spring.
Evergreen shrub, flowering throughout the year.
Widespread and common in Britain.
Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 301 of the 617 tetrads.
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