Cistus monspeliensis

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Cistus monspeliensis
Cistus monspeliensis (Puntagorda) 01.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Cistaceae
Genus: Cistus
C. monspeliensis
Binomial name
Cistus monspeliensis

Cistus monspeliensis is a species of rockrose known by the common name Montpellier cistus. It is native to southern Europe and northern Africa, in the Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub ecosystems of matorralmaquis shrublands.


Evergreen leaves of Cistus monspeliensis

Cistus monspeliensis is a shrub with evergreen leaves and a hairy, glandular, sticky texture. The leaves are linear to lance-shaped, green, wrinkly, and up to 5 centimeters long.

The inflorescence is generally a panicle of 2 to 8 flowers, each with five sepals and white petals.[1]

The plant has been reported elsewhere as an introduced species, and in California as an invasive species.[1]


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