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Pistarckle (Croton betulinus)

St John Flora: pistarckle

The pistarckle, also known as broom bush, is a relative of the more commonly found maran bush. Like maran and other crotons, the pistarckle is poisonous to livestock and thus remains where grazing has wiped out other species. Because of the nature of the leaves, it has been used to make brooms.

The word, "pistarckle," was used in the former language of St. John, Dutch Creole, to signify a commotion.