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John W. Thieret & Elizabeth McClintock, final revision by Thomas J. Rosatti & Bruce G. Baldwin, except as noted

Annual to shrub, aromatic, of sunny areas, often sandy or chalky substrates; hairs nonglandular, in stellate clumps or not, peltate or not, and/or glandular. Leaf: simple, alternate or opposite [whorled], often ± reduced, entire or not, petioled or not, stipuled or not. Inflorescence: raceme- or panicle-like cymes or flowers 1. Flower: generally bisexual, ± radial; sepals 3 or 5 (outer 2 often narrower), free or fused at very base, often persistent in fruit, 3 twisted in direction opposite that of petals; petals [0(3)]4–5, generally ephemeral; stamens (3–10) many, free, often sensitive to touch, ± persistent in fruit or not; ovary superior, chambers 1 (or ± 3–12 from intruded parietal placentas), style 0–1, stigma 1(3), lobes 0 or 3–12. Fruit: loculicidal capsule, valves 3–12. Seed: [1–]3–many.
8 genera, ± 175 species: temperate, especially southeastern United States, Mediterranean; some cultivated (Cistus; Crocanthemum; Tuberaria). [Arrington 2004 Ph.D. Dissertation Duke Univ] Flowers open in sunshine for < 1 day. Taxa of Helianthemum in TJM2 treated here in Crocanthemum. —Scientific Editors: Thomas J. Rosatti, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Unabridged references: [Strother FNANM, in press]

Key to Cistaceae

1. Petals white (often drying ± yellow) or rose to purple, with red or yellow near base or not; leaves generally linear or elliptic to ovate, generally opposite; fruit valves 5–12 ..... CISTUS

1' Petals yellow; leaves generally linear to lanceolate or oblanceolate, alternate or opposite; fruit valves generally 3

2. Perennial herb or subshrub (sometimes flowering in first year); basal leaves 0, cauline generally alternate; style < 2 mm ..... CROCANTHEMUM

2' Annual; basal leaves in rosette, often withering early, proximal cauline generally opposite, distal 0–few, alternate; style 0 ..... TUBERARIA


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