Synonyms : Sarothamnus scoparius (L.) Wimm. ex Koch
Catalan common name : Ginesta d'escombres. Ginestell comú. Gòdua.
Spanish common name : Retama de escobas.
Province distribution : Barcelona. Gerona. Lérida. Tarragona. Valencia.
General distribution : Eurosiberian (Atlantic)
Life-forms : Nanophanerophyte. Perennial.
Habitat : Generalment dominant a les landes silicícoles de tendència subatlàntica, però també en boscos clars i les seves vorades.
Uses and properties : Dye industry. Furniture, construction and tools. Medicinal.
Characteristics : This species is generally predominant in the silicolous moors with a subatlantic inclination, but can also be found in sparse forests and the outlying areas. A sub-leafless and very branched tree, (with strongly striated branches), and a vivid green in colour. The lower leaves are trifoliolate, the upper leaves simple and sessile. The flowers are separate or in groups of two, located on the leaf axils. The calyx is bilabiate. The pod (legume) is blackened, oblong and compressed. Its very similar to C. arboreus, but the former has a sub- falciform keel and is largely ciliated along the margin.