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common name for plants of two closely related and similar Old World genera, Cytisus and Genista, of the family Leguminosae (pulsepulse,
in botany, common name for members of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae), a large plant family, called also the pea, or legume, family. Numbering about 650 genera and 17,000 species, the family is third largest, after the asters and the orchids.
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 family). They are mostly twiggy leguminous shrubs with abundant yellow or white (in Cytisus, purple also) pealike blossoms. The common, or Scotch, broom (Cytisus scoparius) is naturalized in parts of North America; the tops have been much used as a diuretic. The Canary broom, or so-called genista of florists, is Cytisus canariensis, a yellow-flowered evergreen shrub. Species of the genus Genista include Genista tinctoria, called also dyer's-greenweed, which yields yellow-to-green dyes. Other plants are also called broom. Broom is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.
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broom

Pretty shrub 8-11 ft (3.5m) with massive amounts of yellow flowers and seed pods that turn black later in year. When they burst open to release the legume-like seeds, they make a loud cracking sound. A very hardy plant that can withstand temperatures up to -25°C! A very invasive plant overtaking hillsides. Seeds can be ground and used as coffee substitute. Used for urinary tract problems, increase urine flow and regulate heart. Do not take if you have renal (kidney) problems. Contains toxic alkaloids that depress the heart and nervous system.

broom

1. To press a layer of roofing material against bitumen which has just been applied, in order to achieve proper and complete bond between the roofing plies.
2. To brush the scratch coat of plaster with a broom to improve the mechanical adhesion of the brown coat, thus producing a broom finish.
3. To spread the head of a timber pile by impact.

broom

traditional representation of humility. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 167]

broom

1. any of various yellow-flowered Eurasian leguminous shrubs of the genera Cytisus, Genista, and Spartium, esp C. scoparius
2. any of various similar Eurasian plants of the related genera Genista and Spartium
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Summary: New Delhi (India), July 18 (ANI): BJP MP Hema Malini, who was the butt of some banter from Omar Abdullah on her skills in wielding the broom last week, shared some light moments with his father Faroqq Abdullah outside Parliament on Thursday.
I've been making brooms for several years, and one of the most common questions I hear while demonstrating my craft is, "What plant material is used for the bristles?" The answer is broom corn (Sorghum bicolor, also called Sorghum vulgare), which is a variant of the sorghum grown for sorghum molasses.
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To enhance efficiency, the strategy to be employed by snow removal crews at ATL using its new fleet of Oshkosh high-speed broom vehicles--is to clean two runways simultaneously.
In fact, the neatly trimmed brooms, which come in such colors as orange, fuchsia, green and midnight blue, are attractive enough to decorate an empty wall.
I almost laughed out loud remembering the tale handed down to us about an uncle and a whipping with a broom straw.
Douglas-fir dwarf mistletoe typically forms systemic infections on Douglas-fir and induces the formation of witches' brooms which range in size from a decimeter to > 3 m in diameter (Knutson and Tinnin, 1980).
The SW8000 delivers unprecedented dust control through the DustGuard dust suppression system, which attacks dust at the greatest source of power sweeper fugitive dust, the side brooms.
The couple, who launched Brocade Racing in 2007, have enjoyed success with all bar one of the nine horses who run in the partnership's colours and Garth Broom paid tribute to trainers David Pipe and Colin Tizzard after they combined to match the Brooms' personal best of 11 winners.
BROOMS are valuable hardy but relatively short lived shrubs, which thrive in well drained soils in full sun.
The patented DustClear[TM] Five-Stage Dust Control system controls dust at the side brooms. The Proterra's dust suppression system emits a light mist at the side brooms that bonds to dust so that it settles and is immediately swept into the main broom chamber instead of drifting into the air.