from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of leguminous plants, of the tribe Genisteæ, type of the subtribe Spartieæ.
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- n. one species: Spanish broom
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These forests and woodlands alternate with extensive steppe grasslands (Stipa tenacissima, Lygeum spartium) and shrub communities (Artemisia herba-alba, Thymelaea hirsuta, Ononistridentata, Helianthemum squamatum, Thymus mastigophorus) resulting a complex mosaic-like landscape.
The Ratam (spartium), with delicate white and pink blossoms, was a reminiscence of Tenerife and its glorious crater; whilst a little higher up, the amene Cytisus, flowering with gold, carried our thoughts back to the far past.
"The grain was shown to some botanists, who did not immediately recognize it, but thought it to be either a spartium or a vicia."
The Ratam (spartium), with delicate white and pink blossoms, was
The goats of the peak, which are of a deep brown colour, are reckoned delicious food; they browse on the spartium, and have run wild in the deserts from time immemorial.
A rich carpet of verdure extends from the plain of spartium, and the zone of the alpine plants even to the groups of the date tree and the musa, at the feet of which the ocean appears to roll.
a deep brown colour, are reckoned delicious food; they browse on the spartium, and have run wild in the deserts from time immemorial.