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Genista microcephala Coss. & Durieu

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Genista microcephala Coss. & Durieu, it is an erect shrub. up to c. 50 cm tall, with spineless, elongated upper branches, branches shorter and spiny in the lower parts only, adpressedly pubescent. Leaves 1-foliolate, alternate, up to c.10×3 mm, minutely stipulate, adpressed hairy. Flowers c. 8 (-9) mm long, yellow, in terminal, bracteate fascicles or heads, 4-10. Calyx densely pubescent. Corolla 2-2.5 times as long as the calyx. Pods ovoid, beaked, c. 10 mm long, brown-pubescent.  Life Form: N.Ph,   Flowering in: Mar-Apr,   Vern: Shadida,   Phytochoria: SA, The native range of this species is Algeria to Libya.     Notes: Wild in Libya, a variable species, occurring on calcareous slopes in the Khoms and Gharian area.

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Distribution in Libya
Al-Jafarah Plain Zliten-Misurata Plain Jabal Nafusa Jabal Nafusa
Sidi-Omeer 2016 Leptus Magna 2017 (22 km) W. Khoms 1967   Gebel Nafousa,Tagma, Kabau, near Yefren 1970   (2 km) before Garian 1973   Tagma, Rumia, Al-Nagaza 1974   Rumia 1975  Al-Nagaza 1978   Msallata National Park (Shaafeen) 2013   Gasar Akhiar, Ghanima 2016   Wadi Kaam 2017   Msallata-Garaboulli Province 2020   Gharyan (Sedrores Mountains) 2020
Al-Jufra area
EL-Harouge mountain 2012


Bibliographic references:  
First: Encyclopedia Flora of Libyan:  
Jafri, S.M.H. & El-Gadi, A. (1980) Flora of Libya, Fabaceae Vol.  (86) Department of Botany, Al-Faateh Univ., Tripoli, Libya.
Second: Researches and PhD theses, master theses, Sorted by Newest: pdf files
El-Ahmir, S.M., Mahklouf, M.H., Shanta, M.B., Abo-Jaafer, H.A. (2020) Floristic Study of Sedrores Mountains in Gharyan District-Libya. J. of Advanced Botany and Zoology. Volume 8 / Issue 1. ISSN: 2348-7313., Sedrores Mountains in Gharyan 2020
Mahklouf, M.H., Sherif, A.S., Betelmal, A.G. (2020) Floristic Study and Species Diversity of Msallata-Garaboulli Province in Libya. J. of Advanced Botany and Zoology Volume 7 / Issue 3 ISSN: 2348-7313. Journal homepage:, Msallata-Garaboulli Province in Libya 2020
Bahri, N.M. (2017) Identify, Limit and Determine the Vegetation Types of Wadi Ka’am Areas, Libya. Journal of Marine Sciences and Environmental Technologies-Volume (3) -Issue (2) (In Arabic) وادي كعام ومناطق اخري 2017
Najah, A. M. (2016) The Natural Plant (Sidi Omir-Kasr El Khiar-Ghanima) as a model. Journal of Humanities, Scientific and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Qasr Kheyar, Al-Mirqab University, Issue 2, pp. (109-145). (In Arabic)  
Al-Masalati, N. A. A. (2013) Plant diversity across the altitudes of the Msallata National Park Reserve Mountains. Master Thesis. Botany Department-College of Science-University of Benghazi-Libya. (In Arabic)  
El-Barasi, Y.M. & Barrani, M.W. (2012) Factors affecting natural vegetation on EL-Harouge Mountain, Central part of Libyan Desert (Sahara). Bocconea 24: 199-211. 2012. -ISSN 1120-4060., Vegetation on EL-Harouge mountain 2012