River Broom

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River Broom - Sebastian Romu © 2018

About

Common Names
River Broom
Classification
Herbaceous, Flower
Description
One of the few aquatic varieties of broom plant. This plant grows in moderately flowing water and rarely stands above the surface, instead it's long fan-like leaves and flower head are drawn along in the current trailing downstream from the rooted stalk. The root of the River Broom is an excellent digestive aid, and cholagogue.

Ecology

Rarity
Uncommon
Distribution
River broom is found in tropical to temperate slow flowing rivers.
Life Cycle
Bi-annual, flowering every second summer, producing a flat fan of red, pink, or white petals. The seed pod which develops is eaten by fish or other aquatic herbivores allowing the granular seeds to be dispersed up and down the river bed.

Related Species

Mother's Broom
Night Broom
Nodding Broom
Poison Broom
Spring Broom
Sweet Broom
Twisted Broom

Uses

Cultivation
wild
Culinary
none
Medicinal
cholagogue (root), digestive (root)
Other

History

Cultural
Religious

Stories

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