Genista tinctoria is an herb to 1 m tall, slender, striped.
Leaves alternate, simple, to 1 cm long, 0.3 cm wide, elliptic to lance-shaped, bright green.
Flowers yellow, to 1.5 cm wide, bilaterally symmetrical, pea-flower-shaped, in unbranched clusters among leafy bracts; blooms June-July.
Fruit dry pods flattened, to 3 cm long, 0.5 cm wide.
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Escaped from cultivation. Dry, sterile soil.
Notes: A broom, flowers formerly used in to make a yellow dye (Bailey and Bailey 1976). (Accessed 4/2014).