Tough customer, as you can see. All over the place -- probably because most sheep won't eat it.
Directions from Day Use/Beach Access Parking Area: Walk 300 feet toward the beach; turn north on the path that parallels the tree line and proceed 0.2 mile.
1-1 1/2 meters tall, spreading wider, grey-green and spiny. Narrow, sharply pointed leaves stiffen into spines as they age. 2 cm. hairy seedpods. Associated with salal and grasses.
Thick, twisted gorse bush with a hidey-hole in it.
All over the hillside.
Lots and lots around, scenting the air. Sort of like pina colada, or the plastic that old My Little Ponies were made of.
Evil plant from hell...
Landscape-dominating invasive species. From hawaiianinvasivespecies.org: "Native to Western Europe, introduced as food plant for sheep and as a "living fence""
Ulex europaeus (gorse, common gorse, furze or whin) is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to portions of Europe from the northern United Kingdom south to Portugal, and from the western Republic of Ireland east to Galicia in Poland and Ukraine.