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Cytisus fontanesii Spach

Modern name

Cytisus fontanesii Ball


Chronanthus biflorus (Desf.) Frodin & Heywood

An erect deciduous shrub 1 to 2 ft high, stems angled, glabrous, sometimes sparse and lanky or sometimes sturdy and crowded, internodes often 34 to 114 in. apart. Leaves trifoliolate; leaflets linear, mostly 14 to 12 in. long, 116 in. or less wide, hairy, main-stalk very short. Flowers yellow, usually two to four at the tips of the shoots, shortly stalked; corolla 12 in. long, standard glabrous; calyx 18 in. long, membranous. Pod 38 in. to 34 in. long; glabrous. Flowers in May.

Native of Spain, usually in calcareous districts. It is a curious shrub with very meagre foliage, giving the shoots a spartium-like appearance. It varies much in regard to pubescence: the type is regarded as quite or nearly glabrous, but in var. plumosus Boiss. most of the parts are very noticeably hairy. It appears also to be the more attractive.



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