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A rockrose (Helianthemum nummularium)


rock +‎ rose


rockrose (plural rockroses)

  1. Any of various plants in the family Cistaceae.
    Synonym: sunrose
    • 1962, Simone de Beauvoir, translated by Peter Green, The Prime of Life, Cleveland, OH: The World Publishing Company, translation of La Force de l'âge, →OCLC, page 77:
      Sometimes I lost track of them and had to hunt round in a circle, thrusting through sharp-scented bushes, scratching myself on various plants which were still new to me: resinaceous rock-roses [translating cistes], juniper, ilex, yellow and white asphodel.
    1. (especially) Any species of the genus Helianthemum, low shrubs or herbs with yellow flowers, especially the European Helianthemum nummularium (syn. Helianthum vulgare) and the American frostweed, Helianthum canadense.
  2. Pavonia lasiopetala (Malvaceae), Texas swampmallow.
  3. Phemeranthus spp. (Montiaceae), flameflowers.
  4. Portulaca grandiflora (Portulacaceae) moss-rose purslane.

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