Iberis gibraltarica

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Iberis gibraltarica
Gibraltar Candytuft 1.JPG
Iberis gibraltarica flowering at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Iberis
Species: Iberis gibraltarica
Binomial name
Iberis gibraltarica
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Iberis gibraltarica (Gibraltar candytuft) is a flowering plant of the genus Iberis and the family Brassicaceae.[1] It is the symbol of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve in Gibraltar, but is actually a native of North Africa. Gibraltar is the only place in Europe where it is found growing in the wild. The candytuft grows from crevices in the limestone, and is often seen growing in abundance from the north face of the Rock of Gibraltar. Its flowers range from pale violet to almost white, and can reach up to 8 cm (3.1 in) across.[2]

This species of candytuft is the national flower of Gibraltar, where it appeared on the 50 pence coin of the dependency between 1988 and 1989.

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