Cytinus hypocistis ~ Cytinus

Cytinus hypocistis ~ Cytinus

FAMILY: CYTINACEAE

Stem 3-7 cm, rarely longer; lives as a parasite on Cistus and other members of the Rock-Rose family

Leaves: Scale-leaves densely imbricate, ovate-oblong, ciliate, yellow, orange or red

Flowers: 5-10, each subtended by 2 usually hairy bracteoles of the same colour as the leaves; perianth usually hairy, bright yellow; male flowers are in the centre of the plant and female ones around the edges;  flowers each have four petals and, when flowering is over, the plant produces a berry fruit.

Flowering: Mid-April

Fruit: Yellow

Habitat: Dibeen



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