Dwarf Gorse, Stoborough Heath, Dorset
Branch with flowers
Flowering spike and arching stem
Hairy stem, flower buds, spines
Spine with shallow grooves
July to October
In the north, flowering begins later, in September.
It occurs mainly south of the Thames from Kent to east Dorset.
It is also found in parts of the Peak District and near Carlisle
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network's Gateway
It grows on heaths, heathland scrub and unmanaged acid
Dwarf Gorse is a native, nitrogen-fixing, spiny, low growing,
spreading shrub, growing up to 1m.
Flowers are a paler yellow and smaller (up to 1cm) than in
Spines are numerous, up to 1cm, and very slightly grooved.
The stems are prostrate or arching, ridged and hairy.
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