Genista melia Boiss.



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Uncertain (see below)


Three recent sources give three different statuses for this species:

1. Considered as an extinct Greek endemic by (Humphreys et al., 2019).

2. Extant in Turkey according to (Abeli et al., 2021).

3. A synonym of G. scorpius scorpius (POWO, 2023).



Milos, Cyclades, Greece (Domina et al., 2015) [& Troad, Anatolia? (Greuter et al., 1989; doubtful record: Domina et al., 2015; Euro+Med PlantBase, n.d.)


Biology & Ecology










Abeli, Thomas et al. (2021). Seventeen ‘extinct’ plant species back to conservation attention in Europe. Nature Plants 7: 282-286.

Domina, Gianniantonio, Bazan, Giuseppe, Campisi, Patrizia and Greuter, Werner. (2015). Taxonomy and conservation in Higher Plants and Bryophytes in the Mediterranean Area. Biodiversity Journal 6(1): 197-204.

ESFDS. (1988). Leguminosae Extract From ESFDS Database.

Euro+Med PlantBase. (n.d.). Genista melia. Available at: [Accessed 18 November 2023]

Greuter, W., Burdet, H. M. and Long, G. (1989). Med-Checklist 4. Genève & Berlin.

Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Abstract] [Supplementary Dataset 1]

POWO. (2023). Genista melia Boiss. Plants of the World Online (online resource). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. Available at: [Accessed 12 November 2023]

Tutin, T. G. et al. (eds.) (1995). Flora Europaea electonic dataset.

Vladimirov, V., Aybeke, A., Matevski, V. and Tan, K. (2017). New floristic records in the Balkans: 33*. Phytol. Balc. 23: 281-329.

Walter, Kerry S. and Gillett, Harriet J. (eds.). (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK: IUCN – The World Conservation Union. lxiv + 862 pp.


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