Butcher’s-broom is an evergreen shrub that usually grows to about 1 metre or so in height. It has really small flowers (5mm) and these are pale greeny-yellow and star-like with 6 petals. The centre of the flower is purplish and the flowers grow on the upper surface of leaf-like cladodes which are modified, flattened, stiff stems, sharply-tipped, dark green & shiny. The flowers are dioecious and they can be seen from January to April. The leaves are reduced to small, membranous papery scales. In autumn the fruit is a small red berry.
I first saw this species many years ago in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin and I photographed it there in 2010.
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