|Method of Transportation:||Explosive seeds pods expel seeds several feet away. Seeds can be transported by water, machinery, animals, ants and humans.|
|Habitat/Range:||Grows on dry, sandy or open rocky clearings, logged areas, roadsides and coastal bluffs.|
Gorse has bright yellow pea-like flowers that grow on a spiny ever green shrub. The shrub can grow up to 3 m tall and usually has a single densely branched upright stem. It grows rapidly for 15 years can has a lifespan up to 45 years.
Gorse is a pioneer species in successional forests. It can easily take over a cut-block and prevent the growth of native species. This spiny plant reduces access to recreation in areas where it is dense and can increase fire hazzards.