from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any one of a small group of plants forming the section Retama (sometimes considered a genus—Boissier, 1839), in the genus Genista.
- n. In Spanish America, a name applied to several leguminous plants more or less closely resembling plants of the genera Spartium, Genista, and Cytisus: in Porto Rico, Cassia biflora and C. portoricensis; in southern Mexico, Cassia tomentosa; in northern Mexico, Parkinsonia aculeata and Cercidium texanum.
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- n. small genus of Mediterranean shrubs; often included in genus Genista
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In the midst of this plain are tufts of the retama, which is the Spartium nubigenum of Aiton.
The yellow trumpet flower is known to campesinos as retama, jamoncillos, jarilla or esperanza.
Now retama, a hardy bitter shrub, grows in these plains of pumice; the flats of it are pumice and rapilli, white and brown.
The peak, clear in the blue sky, rose up bare and majestic 5000 feet out of as desolate a desert clothed with the stiff retama shrubs
Our guides made a large fire with the dry branches of retama.
The fourth and fifth zones, the regions of the retama and the gramina, occupy heights equal to the most inaccessible summits of the Pyrenees.
Guanches, exhibits five zones of plants, which we may distinguish by the names — region of vines, region of laurels, region of pines, region of the retama, and region of grasses.
Piton, is as high as Etna, and of very little extent; while the lowermost, covered with tufts of retama, reaches as far as the Estancia de los
Tufts of retama, loaded with flowers, adorn the valleys hollowed out by the torrents, and encumbered with the effects of the lateral eruptions.
Below the retama, lies the region of ferns, bordered by the tract of the arborescent heaths.
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