Turpentine broom

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Sometimes people mistake this green and usually leafless shrub for mormon tea. A quick whiff of a crushed stem will alert them to the difference mormon tea has no particular odor turpentine broom smells sharply and strongly like turpentine. The smell originates in the small, round glands that dot the stems. Turpentine broom belongs to the same family as the various citrus trees, and you can see similar glands on the rinds and leaves of oranges and other citrus fruits. Caterpillars of the black...