Cistus salviifolius L.

Sago-leaf Rock Rose

Evergreen shrub less than 1 m tall. Leaves to about 3.5 cm long, ovate to elliptic or oblong, downy on both surfaces but rough and wrinkled above; stalked. Flowers solitary, rarely to 3 together. Sepals 5. Petals white with yellow base.

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C. monspeliensis L. is occasionally grown; it has pure white petals.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Cistaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Cistaceae
genus        Cistus L.