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Gorse - Ulex europaeus
Family: Fabaceae

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Description

Gorse is a shrub up to 2 m tall having branches that end in spiny tips. Lacking true leaves except in the juvenile stage, the petioles are reduced to linear spines. The yellow pealike flowers may occur singly along the smaller branches or develop in a terminal panicle. The ovate bracts below each flower are approximately 2 mm long. The bracts are persistent and subtend the fruit which is a hairy legume containing two to four seeds.

Interesting facts

Gorse is a rigid spiny perennial that can form dense impenetrable thickets. When the legumes mature, the pods dehisce and the seeds are ejected for some distance.

Gorse is difficult to control because its waxy cuticle inhibits herbicide penetration. It produces large amounts of seed that can remain viable in the soil for 30 years or more.

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