Greek chamai — dwarf, Cytisus.
Shrubs, subshrubs or small trees, sometimes thorny. Leaves alternate, of 3 leaflets; stipules absent. Flowers leafy. Flowers with calyx tubular, 2-lipped, the upper lip 2-toothed, the lower 3-toothed. Standard more or less round, longer than wings and keel. Stamens fused into 1 group. Ovary stalkless. Fruit pod flattened, oblong, containing several seeds.
A genus often included in Cytisus and grown chiefly as Tagasaste for fodder, but tending to become naturalised.
About 30 species from Europe and the Canary Islands.
Often grown for fodder.
Very similar to Cytisus but with flowers creamy white, calyx tubular and stems cylindrical with faint ridges.
Francisco-Ortega et al. (1993), Santos-Guerra &Francisco-Ortega (1994).
Source: (2002). Fabaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.