A very common shrub in Mallorcan open spaces near wooded areas is the Montpelier Rock Rose (Cistus monspeliensis), a member of the Cistaceae family. The plant is native to the Mediterranean region and has a distinct resin fragrance with leaves that are sticky to the touch. In some places this black rock rose can be the dominant bush.
During April, May and June the plant features intense flowering of small white flowers with a boss of bright yellow stamens. The plant grows a small fruit capsule that seems very popular with birds. Other animals do not graze on this plant, probably due to its aroma, but bees love the flower’s nectar. Some sources consider this plant poisonous.
The photo (top) was taken near Can Picafort, Mallorca, Spain. The date: April 14th, 2009. The time was 15:26:36. The photo (bottom) was taken from the Internet, courtesy of herbarivirtual and the UIB Universitat de les Illes Balears.
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