Cistus salviifolius L.

Sp. Pl. 1: 524 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Dense low shrubs to 1 m high, but often smaller, with dense stellate hairs, some parts with simple hairs. Leaves petiolate or sessile, ± ovate, 1.5–4.5 cm long, 6–25 mm wide, dark green above, paler below; apex obtuse, rarely acute; sometimes obscurely 3-nerved at base. Flowers 3(–5) cm diam., mostly solitary in upper axils, sometimes in a 2–5-flowered cyme; peduncles (35–)50–105 mm long; sepals 5, broadly ovate, outer sepals broader and cordate, persistent; petals obovate, c. 1.5 cm long, white, yellow at base; style to c. 0.5 mm long. Capsule c. 6 mm long with scattered appressed silky hairs; seeds c. 1.5 mm long, dark brown, wrinkled. Flowers  Nov–Dec.

*Gold, *VVP. Also naturalised NSW, ACT. Native to southern Europe and northern Africa, naturalised near Harcourt on a disturbed roadside.

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 salviifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cistus salviifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
Australian Capital Territory