Genista. Dyers' Broom, Dyers' Weed, Green Weed, Wood-Waxen.
Genista. Genista tinctoria L. Dyers' Broom. Dyers' Weed. Green Weed. Wood-Waxen. Genet des Teinturiers, Fr. Färberginster, G. (Fam. Leguminosae.)—A low shrub, growing wild in Europe, and established on sterile hills and roadsides from Maine to New York, cultivated in greenhouses in this country on account of its profusion of yellow leguminous flowers. The flowering tops of the plant are employed to dye yellow, whence its name was derived. Both these and the seeds have been used in medicine. They are said to be purgative and even emetic, especially the seeds, which were formerly given as cathartic in the dose of a drachm and a half (5.8 Gm.). By some authors they are said to be diuretic and to be useful in dropsy.