Genista pilosa

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaFabaceaeGenistaGenista pilosa


A low, usually prostrate, shrub growing mainly on rocky cliff-tops in maritime grassland or heath. It also grows in limestone grassland in Brecon, on rock ledges in the Cadair Idris range, and formerly on dry heaths in S. England. Generally lowland, but reaching 710 m on Cadair Idris (Merioneth).



World Distribution

European Temperate element.

© K.J. Walker, BSBI

Broad Habitats

Dwarf shrub heath (cover of dwarf shrubs at least 25%)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 4

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 1


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1011

Life form information

Height (cm): 40

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary


Life Form - secondary


Comment on Life Form

dwarf shrub



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 23

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.26

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (100b)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
Rich T, Donovan P, Harmes P, Knapp A, McFarlane M, Marrable C, Muggeridge N, Nicholson R, Reader M, Reader P et al.
1996.  Flora of Ashdown Forest.
Wigginton MJ
1999.  British Red Data Books. 1. Vascular plants, edn 3.