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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Genista

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Fabaceae > Subfamily: Papilionoideae

About 87 species (Europe, Canary Islands, Mediterranean to western Asia); one species is naturalised in southern Africa and an additional nine species are cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa (POSA) - an online checklist (SANBI).

Genista monspessulana

Native from Greece to the Azores.


Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Genista aetnensis (Mount etna broom)

Native to Italy.


Genista angelica (Petty whin, Needle furze)

Native to Western Europe and Morocco.


Genista falcata

Native to Spain and Portugal.


Genista germanica (German greenweed)

Native to Europe.


Genista monosperma

Native to Spain and Portugal.


Genista pilosa (Hairy greenweed)

Native to western and central Europe.


Genista sphaerocarpa

Native to Spain and Portugal.


Genista tinctoria (Dyers' greenweed)

Native to Europe and western Asia.

Genista praecox



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.