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Genus: Cistus

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Malvales > Family: Cistaceae

About 20 species, native to the Mediterranean region and the Canary Islands. Ten species and two hybrids are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Cistus albidus

Native to the Mediterranean.


Cistus creticus

[= Cistus incanus]

Native to the Mediterranean.


Cistus crispus

Native to southwestern Europe and North Africa.


Cistus hybridus

Native to France.


Cistus inflatus

[= Cistus psilosepalus]

Native from Portugal to France.


Cistus ladanifer

Native to southwestern Europe and North Africa. See Wikipedia


Cistus laurifolius

Native from Spain to Turkey.


Cistus monspeliensis

Native to the Canary Islands and southwestern Europe. See Wikipedia


Cistus populifolius

Native to southwestern Europe and North Africa.


Cistus salvifolius

Native to the Mediterranean region. See Wikipedia


Cistus x aguilarii

A natural hybrid of Cistus ladanifer and Cistus populifolius.


Cistus x purpureus (Orchid rockrose)

A hybrid of Cistus creticus and Cistus ladanifer.

Cistus x purpureus (Orchid rockrose)



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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