West Highland Flora

Broom


Cytisus scoparius

Former name: Sarothamnus scoparius

Cytisus scoparius

Photo Carl Farmer
7 May 2004 Portree, Skye
Scale from close-up below left

Fairly frequent at low altitudes in open scrub, beside paths, or on bare ground.

Flowers c 20 mm long.  Pods 2.5-4 cm

ID: Bush of similar appearance to Gorse but spineless.

Other features:  Branches green, 5-angled.  Leaves composed of 3 leaflets, or the upper ones simple, falling early in year.  Pods black when ripe, exploding noisily in summer sun.  Garden forms may have larger or variably coloured flowers and often occur as escapes, usually not far from houses.

 

Cytisus scoparius

Photo Carl Farmer
7 May 2004 Portree, Skye
Picture c 6.1 cm wide

  Cytisus scoparius

Photo Carl Farmer
21 May 2003 Portree, Skye

 

Cytisus scoparius

Photo Carl Farmer
25 May 2003 Portree, Skye

  Cytisus scoparius

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Sep 2002 Glenbrittle, Skye

Young plant on dunes

 

Cytisus scoparius

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Jun 2002 Portree, Skye

Above: fresh pods
Right: Pod after releasing seeds

  Cytisus scoparius

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Oct 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye
Pod c 4.5 cm long ex stalk

 

Cytisus scoparius

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Feb 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

Leggy Brooms on a shady slope in winter


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