variants: or less commonly ratama \" \
plural -s

Definition of retama 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : jerusalem thorn

b : paloverde

2 [ American Spanish, retama, from Spanish, canary broom ] : any of several yellow-flowered tropical American shrubs of the genus Cassia


Re·​ta·​ma | \rə̇ˈtämə, rēˈ-, -tāmə\

Definition of Retama (Entry 2 of 2)

taxonomic synonym of genista

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History and Etymology for retama

New Latin, from Spanish, shrub of the genus Genista, from Arabic ratam retem

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