Cistus monspeliensis L.

Sp. Pl. 1: 524 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect resinous shrubs to c. 1.2 m high with long simple hairs over shorter glandular and stellate hairs. Leaves ± sessile, lanceolate to narrowly elliptic or oblong, 2–5(–7.5) cm long, 2–10(–15) mm wide, dark green above, paler below; apex acute; margins recurved (when dry); 3–5-nerved at base. Inflorescence a one-sided, terminal cyme of up to 10 flowers; peduncles 20–52 mm long; flowers c. 3 cm diam.; sepals 5, ovate, the outer sepals broader, persistent; petals obovate, c. 13 mm long, white, yellow at base; style to c. 0.5 mm long. Capsule c. 4 mm long, glabrous except for a dense apical tuft of stellate hair; seeds 1.5–2.6 mm long, glossy, dark brown, wrinkled.   Flowers Nov. (2 records).

*GipP, *VVP. Native to southern Europe, northern Africa and the Canary Islands, cultivated, plants beginning to spread from garden beds at the Clunes cemetery .

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-07-29
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-07-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Cistaceae
genus Cistus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cistus monspeliensis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cistus monspeliensis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised

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