Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
Deciduous shrub up to 3 m high. Mature branches and stems are stout, rounded, green to dark green, glabrous and with few leaves. Leaves simple entire and oblong, up to 25 mm on mature branches, up to 45 mm on shaded shoots or seedlings. Inflorescence with numerous golden flowers, up to 28 mm long. Seed pod 50-90 mm long, flattened, becoming glabrous, seeds smooth and dark brown.
The unusually shaped Calyx (outer green floral parts) with 5 reduced teeth on one side distinguishes Spanish broom from all other wild NZ legumes (Webb et al 1988).
December, January, February, March, April, May
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
Many seeds produced per plant.