Crimson Spot Rockrose

Cistus ladanifer L.

Scientific noun: Cistus ladanifer L.

Family: Rockrose family - cistaceae.

Habitat: In dry woods, bushes and arid lands in the Mediterranean zone.

Toxic constituents:

-Essence, exuded by the plant during hot seasons, thorough the hairs of young stems and leaves. It is essentialy made by: labdandiol (C17H30O), borneol, cineole, geraniol esters, sesquiterpenes and tannins

- Flavonoids

Active parts

Stems and young leaves

Uses of Crimson Spot Rockrose

- Medicinal: Local analgesic for the treatment of rheumatic and intestinal pains, ulcers, stomach acidity, nervousness. (Because of its toxicity, it should not be used to attain these goals.)

- Industrial: Perfume industry cultivates this plant, mainly in the North of Spain and Portugal, to extract the labdanun, a gome- resin, which after being refined, is used to fix and aromatize.




Convulsions, ictericia, hepatic and biliary disorders.

Medical treatment

Sedatives and hepatic treatment.


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