Silver Broom – Adenocarpus decorticans
It is April and there is lots of Silver Broom – Adenocarpus decorticans around the surrounding hills. It grows in full sun and shady places. It is monoecious having both male and female reproductive organs in the same individual i.e. hermaphrodite. Pollination is crossed (it occurs between different plants and not between flowers on a single plant) . Pollination is and aided by insects (entomophil). The seeds are in pods and are spread by explosive force when the seed pod dries. It is related to the sweet pea.
This plant is very attractive and I intend to grow some from seed.
The meaning of the name:
Adeno = relating to a gland or glands
Carpus = fruited.
Decorticans = is derived from the Latin word decorticans meaning “without bark” referring to the peeling bark on the smaller branches.
This is about 2 weeks before full blooming. It is very spectacular against a blue sky. This is a wild bush and it tolerates extreme heat (35C) and dryness in the summer and very cold temperatures in the winter. (-15C)
The Spanish name for this plant is Rascavieja