Spanish broom (Spartium junceum)

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Impact

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.

Distribution

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.

Description

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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Legal requirements

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.

Area Class Legal requirements
Bega Valley 3 Regionally Controlled Weed
The plant must be fully and continuously suppressed and destroyed
Eurobodalla 3 Regionally Controlled Weed
The plant must be fully and continuously suppressed and destroyed
Shoalhaven 3 Regionally Controlled Weed
The plant must be fully and continuously suppressed and destroyed

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For technical advice and assistance with identification please contact your local council weeds officer.
For further information call the NSW Invasive Plants and Animals Enquiry Line on 1800 680 244 or send an email to weeds@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Reviewed 2014