Thursday, 9 June 2016

SPANISH BROOM

Spartium junceum (syn. Genista juncea), known as Spanish broom or weaver's broom, is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to the Mediterranean in southern Europe, southwest Asia and northwest Africa, where it is found in sunny sites, usually on dry, sandy soils. It is the sole species in the genus Spartium, but is closely related to the other brooms in the genera Cytisus and Genista. The Latin specific epithet junceum means "rush-like", referring to the shoots, which show a passing resemblance to those of the rush genus Juncus.

We are now progressing into Winter and it was quite odd to see this solitary bloom of Spanish broom on the bare branches of the plant...

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

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