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Taken 9-Dec-12
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Keywords:New Zealand, Otago, maniototo, naseby, central, broom, weed, invasive, plant, shrub, yellow, flowers
Photo Info

Dimensions4896 x 3264
Original file size8.27 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken9-Dec-12 13:18
Date modified13-Jan-13 08:54
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
Focal length70 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/160 at f/13
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Shutter priority
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Broom flowers 1

Broom flowers 1

Common broom, introduced into New Zealand as an ornamental plant, has become naturalised throughout the country and is doing well in similar conditions to its homeland. Being an invasive weed it has become a problem species due to its aggressive seed dispersal and proven very difficult to eradicate and costly to control.

Common broom (Cytisus scoparius) is a native of northwestern Europe, where it is found in sunny sites. In spring and summer the shrubs are covered in profuse golden-yellow flowers. In late summer, its peapod-like seed capsules burst open, often with an audible pop, spreading seed from the parent plant.