Spanish broom (Spartium junceum)

Spanish broom is a deciduous shrub. In NSW it appears to be naturalised only at Inverell.

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How does this weed affect you?

Spanish broom can dominate disturbed areas where it can out-compete native plants and alter soil nutrients.

Toxicity

Spanish broom is toxic to humans and can cause discomfort and irritation, but is not life-threatening. The seeds are poisonous when ingested, causing nausea, diarrhoea, convulsions and respiratory distress. 

What to do if poisoning occurs:

  • If the patient is unconscious, unresponsive or having difficulty breathing dial 000 or get to the emergency section of a hospital immediately.
  • If the patient is conscious and responsive call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 or your doctor.
  • If going to a hospital take a piece of the plant for identification.

Where is it found?

In NSW it appears to be naturalised only at Inverell but there is potential for Spanish broom, like other booms, to become a serious weed.

What does it look like?

Spanish broom grows up to 5 m high. Its yellow flowers are pea-like and sweetly fragrant.

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Control

Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Spanish broom (Spartium junceum).

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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.
Greater Sydney Regional Recommended Measure*
Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Notify local control authority if found.
South East Regional Recommended Measure*
Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Notify local control authority if found.
*To see the Regional Strategic Weeds Management Plans containing demonstrated outcomes that fulfill the general biosecurity duty for this weed click here

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Reviewed 2017