Herbario Virtual del Mediterráneo Occidental

Àrea de Botànica, Departament de Biologia, Universitat de les Illes Balears

Helianthemum caput-felis Boiss.

Family : CISTACEAE

Genus : Helianthemum

    Province distribution : Alicante. Balearic Islands.

    Distribution in the islands : Ibiza. Mallorca.

    General distribution : West Mediterranean

    Flowering time : February. March. April.

    Life-forms : Chameophyte.

    Habitat : Coastal zones.

    Plants protected by law : Bern Convention. Habitat Directive.

    IUCN Category : Vulnerable

    Characteristics : This small bush is given this name because of the shape of the buds in the flowers: two sepals are smaller and they are open a bit outwards, the rest are tightly closed and very hairy, all in all it looks like the small head of an animal (a cat). The flowers are yellow and eye-catching. The whole plant, especially the leaves, is covered in hairs giving a whitish colouring to the plant. It lives in few places in Mallorca and Eivissa, in sandy soils, and also in coastal rocks.

    Status : Endèmica (Microareal).

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Patrocinador: Fundació Sa Nostra