They are widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, especially in the Mediterranean. New World species formerly classified as Helianthemum have been transferred to genus Crocanthemum. These are usually shrubs or subshrubs, and some are herbaceous annuals or perennials. The leaves are oppositely arranged, but some plants may have alternately arranged leaves along the upper stems. The flowers are solitary or borne in an array of inflorescence types, such as panicles , racemes , or headlike clusters. The flower has three inner sepals and two smaller outer sepals.
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Cistus lippii L. Cistus sessilours Desf. Helianthemum sessiliflorum Desf. A much branched shrub, up to 60 cm tall; branches rigid, usually sharply tipped in dry conditions , whitish in appearance. Leaves very variable according to season , 5—15 x 1—5 mm, obovate-lanceolate or elliptic to linear-lanceolate, whitish-pubescent, revolute to almost fat at margins.
Inflorescence simple to forked, with 3- flowers on each branch, often lax. Flowers small, sessile, c. Sepals 1—2 —2. Stamens many, uniseriate, all fertile.
Capsule small, included within the calyx, villous or pubescent, ovate, many seeded. Type: Described from Egypt. Distribution: S. Italy, N. Iran to S. A very veriable species in leaf size etc. However, the so called S. Italian Helianthemum sessiliflorum, cannot be maintained as separate species, because the branch and leaf conditions vary according to season; the simple to forked terminal, spikelite cymes vary and cannot be used as a taxonomic character.
A species confined to the dry arid areas of the western parts of our Baluchistan coast, the eastern most limit of this species.
Helianthemum lippii L. Boiss, Fl. Egypt ed. Page 1. Login eFloras Home Help. Pakistan Family List Cistaceae Helianthemum. Related Objects. Related Links opens in a new window.
Helianthemum lippii (L.) Dum.Cours.
Helianthemum lippii (L.) Pers.