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Spanish Broom   Spartium junceum    Legume family (Fabaceae)
 
Spanish Broom photo courtesy of NPS
 
Description: A perennial shrub more than head high, with cylindrical rush-like branches, green when young, turning brown as branches mature. Leaves are about ˝ inch (12 mm) long, entire, and elongated to lance-shaped and present from February to early June and leafless the rest of the year. Large, 1 inch plus, light yellow, pea-like flowers are displayed on terminal branches. Pods are abundant and dark brown when mature, splitting in two and twisting when dry to drop its seeds.

Habitat: Common in disturbed places, particularly eroding slopes, river banks, road cuts, and abandoned lands. Can colonize post-burn chaparral sites.

Distribution: Found growing in the middle and southern portions of the Redding Field Office, from Shasta County south to Butte County.

Flowering Period: Late spring

 

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