Plants of the Castlemaine District

Tree Lucerne - introduced (*Chamaecytisus palmensis)


Other names: Chamaecytisus proliferus, Cytisus palmensis, Tagasaste.

Family: Fabaceae (Pea family).

Native of the Canary Islands.

Occurrence: Scattered along roadsides and bushland.


Notes: Tree Lucerne has been widely planted, and sometimes escapes into other areas. The seed is shed explosively from the drying pods. The seed may also be spread by ants. Tree Lucerne has potential to become a troublesome weed.

Photos 1: The trifoliate leaves, showing the upper and lower surfaces. 2: Flowering branch, Castlemaine.
3: The white pea flowers. Castlemaine. 4: A large Tree Lucerne. Scotsburn.