Cytisus scoparius (L.) Link (Syn: Sarothamnus bourgaei Boiss.; Sarothamnus oxyphyllus Boiss.; Sarothamnus scoparius (L.) W.D.J.Koch; Sarothamnus vulgaris Wimm.; Spartium scoparium L.;      Sarothamnus scoparius subsp. scoparius (L.) Koch);
India (I); Himachal Pradesh; Punjab; Tamil Nadu and other countries as per ILDIS;
Europe: Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Central European Rus, Corse, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Northwest European R, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardegna, Sicilia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Yugoslavia; Introduced into: Alabama, Antipodean Is., Argentina Northeast, Argentina South, Azores, British Columbia, California, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Chatham Is., Chile Central, Delaware, Idaho, India, Japan, Kentucky, Korea, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Madeira, New Jersey, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Northern Provinces, Oregon, South Australia, Tasmania, Tennessee, Turkey-in-Europe, Victoria, Washington, West Himalaya as per POWO;
Common Broom, Scotch Broom;

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I wonder if it might be a Cytisus species?  The ridged stems, tendency to lose leaves and single flowers are what is guiding me.

I think … is right. It may be Cytisus scoparius.

Fabaceae week-38-Flora Australia: Cytisus scoparius-a shrub.

Cytisus scoparius (L.) Link SN April 15 : Attachments (2). 1 post by 1 author.

Cytisus scoparius (L.) Link; Fam: Fabaceae,
shrub commonly growing in Ooty area of Tamilnadu at Higher altitudes,
some times it is maintained as a hedge plant.

Cytisus scoparius (L.) Link
at Ooty on November 17, 2011

Fabaceae for id 070610MK1: :
Please help to id this common
Fabaceae member found at high altitudes of Nilgiris. Possibly an introduction.


28-04-2010 / 05:00 PM

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-

Ooty town; Nilgiris; 1200 msl

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Typ

garden and roadside

Plant Habit-

shrub with angled stem



Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-

2 x 0.3cm

Inflorescence Type/ Size-


Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-

yellow; 1 cm across

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-


Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.-

No fragrance

I hope Spartium junceum

Looks like broom, in the genus Cytisus, probably an introduction from Europe.

Any possibilities for Cytisus grandiflorus ?
Please follow: commons.wikimedia.jpg showing flower and angled stem.

This is Spanish broom, Spartium junceum, native to the Mediterranean.

Thanks … for confirmation. The two genera are closely related but differentiated on the basis of calyx being 1-lipped (one split in calyx) in Spartium and 2-lipped (two splits in calyx) Cytisus. … may please also verify this. Also the flowers of C. grandiflorus are much larger and some leaves trifoliate. They are all simple in Spartium.

The plant can be confirmed as Spartium junceum L. of Fabaceae.
The calyx is 2-lipped and I observed only simple leaves.

… please consider Cytisus scoparius for validation. Ref: Google Book

I think matches with images at Cytisus scoparius (L.) Link & does not matches with images at Spartium junceum


Cytisus scoparius from Shimla:: NS May 2021: 7 images.

Please validate the identification of this wild shrub recorded from Shimla-Narkanda Road..
I hope it is Cytisus scoparius….


I too agree with you both for ID and collected from Nilgiris,

Fab fortnight- UP-Aus 1 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
from Australia (NSW)-id pl.

Was it a cultivated plant ? Do you have other pictures showing other aspects /

Perhaps it is cultivated, because the plants were seen in the Western Sydney university campus.
sending more photos but I am afraid they don’t show much of other aspects.
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Cytisus scoparius


Cytisus scoparius from Canada-GS02052023-1: 3 images.
Cytisus scoparius (L.) Link
Deciduous shrub with trifoliate leaves and yellow flowers in axillary clusters.
Photographed from Fremont, California.

Yes, appears close to images at



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