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Cytisus scoparius subsp. scoparius
Plant Form Erect multi-stemmed shrub. Size Up to 4 m tall. Stem Numerous with pronounced ridges, sometimes woody. Leaves Small opposite narrow leaves or absent. Flowers Yellow pea-like, 2 cm long, singular or in pairs, can appear dense. Fruit and Seeds Brown to black pea-like pods up to 7 cm long. Containing 5-22 yellowish brown to olive seeds. Habitat Typically areas over 500 mm of rain. Many suitable habitats. River banks, forest margins and roadside areas. Distinguishing Features Stem ridges and small or absent leaves help distinguish from other brooms. Impacts Competely alters ecosystems, negatively affects biodiversity, reduces available grazing land, unpalatable for stock.