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Broom (Common Broom, Spanish Broom, Scotch Broom, English Broom, French Broom)

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  • Common Name: Broom (Common Broom, Spanish Broom, Scotch Broom, English Broom, French Broom)
  • Latin Name: Cytisus; Genista, Chamaecytisus; Spartium
  • Family Name: Fabaceae/Leguminosae

Broom contains numerous alkaloids including cytosine, a stimulant of the respiratory tract which can be often lethal, glycosides, oxalates and tannins, so it's not one to have anywhere near the tortoise enclosure. 

Broom has been split into three genera and five smaller genera, and we have listed the four most common ones here. 

Broom is a wild shrub and also cultivated for the garden.

 

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