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Genista monosperma  (L.) Lam.
Bridal broom
Genista monosperma is a shrub that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: moderate
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~77 records in California
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within a 7.5-minute quadrangle
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Genus: Genista
Family: Fabaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

Alternate Names:
JEFRetama monosperma
PLANTSRetama monosperma
Information about  Genista monosperma from other sources

[Cal-IPC] Invasive: Genista monosperma (bridal veil broom) is an escaped ornamental plant in the family Fabaceae. Although it is currently invasive in only one population in San Diego County, Cal-IPC lists it as an alert species due to its invasiveness in other areas with climates similar to California. In six years, this one infestation spread in size from approximately 1 acre (4 ha) to 1980 ac (800 ha). Like Scotch and French brooms, bridal veil broom can produce thousands of seeds per plant that may then be carried long distances by birds. Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate Alert (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

[Wikipedia] Mediterranean Basin native: Retama monosperma, the bridal broom[2] or bridal veil broom, is a flowering bush species in the genus Retama, native to the western Mediterranean Basin (from Portugal, Morocco and Canary Islands to Italy and Egypt). Same as Genista monosperma. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/25/2024).