Cneorum L.

Greek kneoron, an evergreen shrub.

Evergreen shrubs. Leaves alternate, narrow, grey-green, leathery; stipules absent. Flowers bisexual, regular, solitary or in few-flowered, flat-topped clusters in the axils of the terminal leaves, or occasionally from the stalks, yellow; late spring to early summer. Sepals, petals and stamens mostly 3, rarely 4, with an elongated receptacle.Ovary inferior. Carpels 3–4, united, with 2 ovules in each chamber. Fruit a schizocarp of 3–4 roundish segments, each with 2 seeds.

Grown for the foliage, interesting flowers and fruits.

Semi-hardwood cuttings.

C. tricoccon is used locally as a rouge and the leaves and fruits as a purgative.

Distinctive flower shapes; foliage with a parsley aroma.

2 species from the W Mediterranean and Canary Islands.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Cneoraceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Sapindales
family       Rutaceae
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species         Cneorum tricoccon L.