Taxon  Report   8395 
Ulex europaeus  L.
Common gorse
Ulex europaeus
© 2011 Zoya Akulova
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Ulex europaeus
© 2008 Zoya Akulova
Ulex europaeus
© 2013 Neal Kramer
Ulex europaeus, a dicot, is a shrub that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.
It is an invasive plant. The California Invasive Plant Council classifies its potential impact on native ecosystems as high (plant profile / CalWeedMapper).

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Ulex europaeus
© 2006 David A. Tharp
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Ulex
Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
(according to)

TJM2: Ulex europaea
More information about  Ulex europaeus
Photos on CalPhotos / Google Images
Photos and ID tips from PlantID.net

FEIS: DISTRIBUTION AND OCCURRENCE:  "Gorse was introduced as an ornamental in Oregon in the late 19th century, and has since spread widely in coastal areas from California to British Columbia"

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

Original Publication citation (ITIS)

USDA PLANTS Profile (ULEU)

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2016. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: http://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Oct 01, 2016).

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