Five photographs of Gorse, Ulex europaeus, photographed on the banks of the River Dart, near Poundsgate, Newton Abbot, Devon, England. A member of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae), pea family, with sharp thorny spines, a serious invasive weed on the Pacific Coast of North America. Ulex agglutinin lectin is used in medical testing as a histological marker in various types of human tissue, making it an interesting plant-derived tool in biochemical disease diagnosis systems. The plant's use in traditional medicine is relatively obscure.
Steven Foster Photography, created by Steven Foster Group, Inc.