Cistus inflatus Pourr. ex Demoly

Acta Bot. Gallica 144: 42 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Bushy shrub to c. 1 m high with long simple hairs over shorter stellate and glandular hairs. Leaves sessile, elliptic to oblong, rarely lanceolate or oblanceolate, mostly 2–5 cm long, 5–20 mm wide, mid to dark green above, paler below; apex acute; 3-nerved at least in the lower part. Inflorescence a terminal cyme of up to 10 flowers; peduncles 5–25 mm long; flowers c. 4 cm diam.; sepals 5, broadly ovate, the outer sepals broader and cordate with recurved margins, persistent; petals obovate, 15–20 mm long, white, yellow at base; style c. 0.5 mm long. Capsule 6–7 mm long, becoming densely hairy towards apex; seeds (1–)1.5 mm long, reddish-brown, granular. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

*DunT, *GipP, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, Tas. Native to Portugal, Spain and France, commonly cultivated and sometimes used in old roadside plantings, with scattered populations occurring near Dunkeld and in Port Phillip Bay.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-07-29
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-07-31
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Cistaceae
genus Cistus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cistus inflatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cistus inflatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia