Hypericum hircinum

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Hypericum hircinum
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Hypericaceae
Genus: Hypericum
Section: Hypericum sect. Androsaemum
H. hircinum
Binomial name
Hypericum hircinum
  • Androsaemum hircinum

Hypericum hircinum, also known as stinking tutsan,[1] is a shrub in Hypericum sect. Androsaemum.


The species grows to be 2 meters tall. It has a branching base with grey-brown bark. Its leaves give off a goat-like scent when crushed (caproic acid).[2]


Hypericum hircinum is found around the Mediterranean, specifically in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. The species was naturalized in Britain as early as 1620. The species does not spread rapidly into natural vegetation, and so has very little spread.[3]


Hypericum hircinum has five accepted subspecies:[4]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ Studies in the genus Hypericum L. (Guttiferae): 3. Sections: 1. Campylosporus to: 6a. Umbraculoides.
  3. ^ Online Atlas of British and Irish Plants
  4. ^ Hypericum Myspecies Taxonomy