West Highland Flora

Common Gorse


Ulex europaeus

 

Ulex europaeus

Photo Carl Farmer
30 Dec 2001 Scorrybreac, Skye

Common on field edges, roadside banks, etc.

Bushes c 1-3 m high.  Flowers c 13-20 mm long.

ID: Very spiny bush without leaves.  Bracts at base of each flower 2-4 mm long, as against less than 1 mm in Western Gorse (U gallii).

Other features: Remains green all year.  Flowers from October through till June - pic on left shows snow among the flowers.  Flowers have almond-like scent.  Spines grooved.

 

Ulex europaeus

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Mar 2004 Portree, Skye
Flower c 15 mm long

 

Ulex europaeus

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Nov 2004 Portree, Skye
Top 2 fls tog c 2.7 cm across at widest


Ulex europaeus

Photo Carl Farmer
1 May 2004 Penifiler, Skye
 

Ulex europaeus

Photo Carl Farmer
27 Apr 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye


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