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Thanks, Wildlife Ranger. How do I tell the difference?
... gorse is spiny and broom is not spiny.
To complicate matters there are several species of each found.
There are 3 native species of gorse (Ulex). The commonest is the spring flowering (common) gorse Ulex europaeus followed by the autumn flowering western gorse Ulex gallii.
Cytisus scoparius is the only native broom, but some aliens species turn up occasionally, and are easily overlooked as the former for much of the year.
Hairy-fruited broom (Cytisus striatus is noticeable in late summer and early autumn for its hairy seed pods. I was checking out a couple of sites of this on Monday and they were scarcely identifiable even with foreknowledge - it seems to be a bit latter flowering, just coming into flower whilst the common broom was well out.
White broom (Cytisus multiflorus) has smaller white flowers. Easy enough to spot at this time of the year, except for confusion with white forms of the highly scented Cytisus x praecox. But I was checking out a couple of sites of this on Monday as well, and I had misrecorded one as Cytisus striatus last autumn (the other I hadn't seen before, but was mentioned in the county flora).
No doubt the experts find them easy to distinguish.
Broom has not prickles but little leaflets, the stems tend to grow upright in a linear fashion It is the Same Family Fabaceae and the flowers look similar There are some varieties which have attractive crimson and yellow inflorescene - enjoy
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... but also the same tribe (Genisteae) and subtribe (Genistinae), together with Laburnum, Genista, Spartium and some other genera.
... the standard yellow, and the yellow/red bicolor, but also lemon/yellow and orange/red bicolors.
Thanks to you both for information, which I'll try to remember!
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