Genista tinctoria (dyer’s greenweed<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> or dyer's broom) is a species of flowering plant of the family Fabaceae. Its other common names include dyer's whin, waxen woad and waxen wood.
Distribution and habitat
It is a variable deciduous shrub growing to Template:Convert tall by Template:Convert wide, the stems woody, slightly hairy, and branched. The alternate, nearly sessile leaves are glabrous and lanceolate. Golden yellow pea-like flowers are borne in erect narrow racemes from spring to early summer. The fruit is a long, shiny pod shaped like a green bean pod.<ref name=RHSAZ>Template:Cite book</ref>
Properties and uses
The plant, as its Latin and common names suggest, has been used from ancient times for producing a yellow dye, which combined with woad also provides a green colour.<ref name=botanical/>
The plant has been used in popular medicine and herbalism for various complaints, including skin diseases, even in modern times.<ref>Template:Cite journal</ref><ref>Template:Cite book</ref><ref>Template:Cite book</ref>
Dyer's broom in the Swabian-Franconian Forest