Montpellier broom

Montpellier broom

Genista monspessulana

Common Name:

Montpellier broom

Scientific Name:

Genista monspessulana


Alternative common names:

French broom and Cape broom.

Description:

Shrub 1-3m with erect, very leafy green branches. Evergreen in mild winters. Branches are hairy when young. Dull greyish-green leaves that are hairy beneath. Bright yellow flowers from August to January. Rusty brown pods covered with silky hairs. Poisonous.

Additional Information


Where does this species come from?

Mediterranean region.

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

NEMBA 2020 Category 1a

Where does this species come from?

Mediterranean region.

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Western Cape.

How does it spread?

Seed dispersal.

Why is it a problem?

Invades fynbos.

What does it look like?

Leaves:Dull greyish-green leaves that are hairy beneath.
Flowers:Bright yellow flowers from August to January.
Fruit/seeds:Rusty brown pods covered with silky hairs.

Does the plant have any uses?

Ornamental.

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