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Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.


Shrub, [small tree], unarmed. Stem: often ribbed, green, to 5 m. Leaf: 1-compound (generally ternate), generally alternate, petioled; stipules free or 0. Inflorescence: generally terminal racemes, or axillary, peduncled clusters of 1–4(7) flowers. Flower: calyx bell-shaped to cylindric, 2-lipped, upper lip ± 2-lobed, lower generally 3-lobed; petals 5, generally yellow or white, generally not hairy, keel oblong-sickle-shaped to ± 1/2 circular (curve abaxial), claw ± 1/4 keel; stamens 10, filaments fused; style generally abruptly curved at ± middle or gently curved ± throughout. Fruit: dehiscent, generally oblong, papery to ± leathery; pedicel short. Seed: few to many, generally arilled.
65 species: Europe, western Asia, northern Africa, Canary Islands; some cultivated. (Greek: name for several woody Fabaceae) Chamaecytisus (30 species) often segregated but recent work (Cristofolini 1991 Webbia 45:187–219; Cubas et al. 2002 Plant Syst Evol 233:223–244) supports treatment as 1 monophyletic group.
Unabridged references: [Polhill 1976 Bot Syst 1:143–368]

Key to Cytisus

1. Corolla generally white, with dark or purple lines or spots or not; banner < 10 or 10–15 mm

2. Banner < 10 mm; leaflets < 10 mm ..... C. multiflorus

2' Banner 10–15 mm; leaflets 10–30 mm ..... C. proliferus

1' Corolla pale or golden yellow; banner generally > 10–25 mm

3. Calyx glabrous; fruit flat, glabrous except margin; branches generally 5-angled ..... C. scoparius

3' Calyx appressed-hairy; fruit ± inflated, densely white-hairy; branches generally 8–10-angled ..... C. striatus


Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) [year] Jepson eFlora, [accessed on month, day, year]
Citation for an individual treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] [year]. [Taxon name] in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, [URL for treatment]. Accessed on [month, day, year].
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