Ulex L.

Description of the genus

Spiny shrubs; spines green, branched. Leaves 3-foliolate on young plants, reduced to spines or scales on older plants. Fls yellow, solitary in leaf axils. Bracteoles 2, at apex of pedicel. Calyx membranous, yellow, 2-lipped; upper lip minutely 2-toothed; lower minutely 3-toothed. Style somewhat curved. Pod explosively dehiscent, 2-valved, 1-6-seeded.

Worldwide: 20 species in W Europe and N Africa

Britain: 5 taxa.

Ulex europaeus

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SpeciesSpecies codeContent
europaeus L.Description, Image
europaeus × gallii
gallii Planch.
gallii × minor
minor Roth

Other sources of information about Ulex:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ulex
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ulex
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ulex
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ulex

Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-24

Hyde, M.A. (2024). UK Flora: Genus page: Ulex.
https://www.ukflora.info/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=495, retrieved 27 February 2024

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