Cytisus scoparius (Linnaeus 1753) Link 1822 (Family Fabaceae)


Plant

Leaves

Flower

Fruit

Height: 40-250cm, Age: <20 yr
Arbuscular Mycorrhizal
Persistent Seed Bank
Hermaphrodite, Flowering May - July (Earliest: 14.4)

Protective Chemicals
Quinolizidine Alkaloids Lupanine, Sparteine
Flavonoids Scoparin
Other Phenolics Tannins

Biotopes:
Heath and Moorland

Hedge Rows
Flower Visitors:
Several Apidae

Several Syrphidae

Siphona ingerae
Seed Dispersal: Projection
Parasites:
Ascochyta kabatiana

Uromyces pisi-sativi

Aurantiporus fissilis
Herbivores:
Callophrys rubi Larva

Celastrina argiolus Larva

Many Geometridae

Several Noctuidae

Phragmatobia fuliginosa Larva

Sitochroa verticalis Larva

Agonopterix assimilella Larva

Lasiocampa quercus

Several Curculionidae

Gonioctena olivacea

Rhogogaster genistae Larva

Rhogogaster picta Larva
Sapivores:
Piezodorus lituratus

Globiceps fulvicollis

Gargara genistae

Aphis cytisorum sarothamni
Florivores:
Elaphria venustula Larva
Granivores:
Cydia succedana Larva

Bruchidius ater Larva

Bruchus atomarius Larva

Tychius parallelus Larva

Heterocordylus tibialis
Nests:
Saxicola rubicola
Wood Decomposers:
Tremella mesenterica

Angiosperm Generalists

Ecological Flora of the British Isles
Skye Flora: Broom


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