Subordinate Taxa
 Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Cistaceae
 Description

Shrubs or subshrubs, sometimes annual herbs, often with volatile oils; indumentum of stellate and glandular hairs.  Lvs usually opposite, rarely alternate, simple;  stipules present or 0.  Fls solitary or in cymes, ☿, regular, actinomorphic, often large.  Sepals 3–5, the outer 2 often < inner 3;  inner sepals usually persistent.  Petals usually 5, less often 3 or 0, caducous, crumpled in bud.  Stamens numerous;  filaments free. Ovary superior, sessile, 1-locular, or incompletely septate with 3–5–(10) parietal placentae.  Style simple or 0;  stigmas 1 or 3, free or united;  ovules numerous.  Fr. a many-seeded loculicidal capsule.  Seeds numerous, with ± curved embryo, endospermic.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

 Biostatus
Exotic
Number of species in New Zealand within Cistaceae
CategoryNumber
Exotic: Fully Naturalised4
Exotic: Casual1
Total5
 Bibliography
Cronquist, A. 1988: The evolution and classification of flowering plants. The New York Botanic Gardens, New York.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.