The Cistus Ladanifer can be seen across Portugal during May and June. It is a sticky shrub (as I discovered when I wandered off the track to take closeups). The sticky resin covering the stem and leaves is called laden and contains healing properties. It is also used in the cosmetic industry to fix perfumes.
The Cistus Ladanifer quickly regenerates after wildfires and can grow up to 2.5m high.
F.Clamote, A.Carapeto, P.V.Araújo, M.Porto, D.T.Holyoak, A.J.Pereira, J.D.Almeida, C.Aguiar, et al. (2021). Cistus ladanifer L. – mapa de distribuição. Flora-On: Flora de Portugal Interactiva, Sociedade Portuguesa de Botânica. http://www.flora-on.pt/#wCistus+ladanifer. Consulta realizada em 18/05/2021
rer: 200 plantas do SW Alentajano and Costa Vicintina
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