CISTACEAE,  Rock-rose Family

Herbs and shrubs; leaves simple, alternate or opposite, entire; Dowers hypogynous, bisporangiate; sepals 5, the two of the outer series smaller; corolla regular or none; stamens few to many; carpels 3, united; style often short or lacking; stigmas I or 3; ovary 1-Ioculed with 3 parietal placentae, sometimes 3-loculed as result of growth inward of placentae; fruit a capsule.