Onosma fruticosa

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Shrubby golden-drop
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Boraginales
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Onosma
O. fruticosa
Binomial name
Onosma fruticosa

Onosma fruticosa is an erect, much branched shrub, 30-100 cm high, young shoots covered with bristles. Leaves alternate, simple, entire, stalkless, oblanceolate, 7-20 x 2-5 mm, thick, margins revolute, with a mixture of short hairs and long scabridulous bristles. Flowers tubular, nodding, solitary, corolla golden yellow, turning brownish with age. Flowers February-May. Fruit of 4 nutlets.[1]


Dry hillsides with garigue vegetation on limestone and igneous formations at 0-1100 m altitude.


Endemic to Cyprus, locally common in many parts of the island: Akamas (Smyies, Ayios Kononas etc.), Neon Khorion, Paphos, the Oritaes forest (Petra tou Romiou), Aphamis, Oroklini, Dhekelia, Akhna, Cape Greco, Protaras, Stavrovouni, Kotchiatis, Athalassa, Potamia, Agrokipia, the Pentadaktylos range, Cape Apostolos Andreas.


  1. ^ The Endemic Plants of Cyprus, Texts: Takis Ch. Tsintides, Photographs: Laizos Kourtellarides, Cyprus Association of Professional Foresters, Bank of Cyprus Group, Nicosia 1998, ISBN 9963-42-067-2

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