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Rock Rose (Cistrus Creticus)

By GeorgePlatis
Cistus creticus, commonly known as Rock Rose, is a perennial shrub, found on dry or rocky soils in Mediterranean area and particularly in Crete Island, Rhodes and South Greece.
It was known to the Greeks as early as the times of Herodotus and Theophrastus.
This plant and has been prized since ancient times as the source of the substance labdanum, also known as ladanum. This sticky resin, derived from the sap of Cistus incanus has been used for centuries as an ingredient in perfumes and incense, as well as to treat colds, coughs, menstrual problems, rheumatism, as well as for embalming and aphrodisiac purposes.

Tags: Flowers and plants Rock rose Cistus creticus

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Comments


Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
1 May 2013 4:25PM
Great info on this interesting little plant George Smile

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debu 6 India
1 May 2013 4:35PM
Lovely image.
debu
boov Plus
3 2 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 4:37PM
Lovely shot
1 May 2013 5:04PM
Good DOF
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 5:56PM
Beautiful shot, fabulous colours and detail, great dof to

Hugh
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
1 May 2013 6:08PM
Nice image!! I like it a lot!!
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
1 May 2013 6:45PM
A nice image, very interesting write up
Mrsbass 3 2 1 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 8:04PM
What a very useful little flower George and as a bonus it is exceptionally pretty to look at. Lovely DOF and composition.
User_Removed 6 48 1 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 8:13PM
Very nice image.
Alf.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
1 May 2013 8:53PM
Thanks for your interesting text and view of this flower!
1 May 2013 9:42PM
Lovely composition and dof, superb detail and light George. Interesting info as well!
Effrossini
2 May 2013 4:00AM
Lovely and happy to make this 30........Sandy
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2013 6:12PM
This is very a beautiful little plant. Well shot. IB

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