Spartium L.

Greek sparton — rush, referring to the resemblance between this plant and the rushes.

For genus description see S. junceum.

Grown for the upright, rush-like stems and large flower clusters, sometimes as a hedge. Naturalised in warm, dry regions such as California and SA, where it is established along roadsides. In Vic it persists around old gardens.

1 species from the Mediterranean and SW Europe.


A source of fibre, often blended with rayon or wool; stems sometimes used in basketry. An essential oil is extracted from the flowers and used in perfumes.

Rush-like branchlets; calyx with small, equal teeth; anthers bearded.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Fabaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fabales
family       Fabaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Spartium junceum L.