Sp. Pl.:, edn 2, 738 (1762) APNI
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.
Clarke, I. (2005). 'Wild' Cistus L. (Cistaceae) in Victoria - future problem weeds or benign escapees from cultivation?, Muelleria 21: 77-86.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||introduced|