Genista acanthoclada is one of the most common and characteristic plants of garigue, also forming undergrowth of open coniferous woodland in Peloponnisos, E Sterea Ellas and the Aegean area, sometimes ascending to 1400 m in the mountains of Kriti and Peloponnisos. It forms dense, rounded bushes with twigs transformed into sharp spines. The superficially similar Calicotome villosa is also an important constituent of garigue vegetation.
GR(IoI Pe StE EC NC NE NAe WAe Kik KK EAe)
Greece (East Aegean islands present; East Central Greece present; Ionian Islands present; Kiklades present; Kriti and Karpathos present; North Aegean islands present; North Central Greece present; North-East Greece present; Peloponnisos present; Sterea Ellas present; West Aegean islands present)
Native / Non Range-Restricted
Xeric Mediterranean Phrygana and grasslands
Presidential Decree 67/81