Cistus creticus L.

Sp. Pl.:, edn 2, 738 (1762) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Rounded shrubs to c. 1 m high with long simple hairs over shorter stellate and glandular hairs. Leaves sessile or petiolate, elliptic to obovate, becoming narrower towards inflorescences, 1.5–3(–5) cm long, 5–10(–15) mm wide, grey-green above, paler below; apex obtuse; margins often undulate; 3-nerved at base. Inflorescence a terminal cyme of up to 6 flowers; peduncles 5–40 mm long; flowers c. 5 cm diam.; sepals 5, broadly ovate, the outer sepals broader and cordate, persistent; petals obovate, c. 25 mm long, pink, yellow at base; style 3–4 mm long. Capsule c. 9 mm long, silky-villous; seeds 1–1.5 mm long, brown, wrinkled. Flowers Nov.–Dec. (3 records).

*DunT, *VVP. Also naturalised Tas. Native to the Mediterranean region, commonly cultivated, with planted populations known to persist near Dunkeld and Clunes.  .

Often hybridised with Cistus albidus L. in cultivation to produce C. × canescens. It is unclear if the origin of all plants in Victoria is of this species or the various cultivated hybrid back-crosses with C. albidus and or C. × canescens.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-07-29
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-07-31

Clarke, I. (2005). 'Wild' Cistus L. (Cistaceae) in Victoria - future problem weeds or benign escapees from cultivation?, Muelleria 21: 77-86.

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

State distribution

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