VASCULAR PLANTS OF UPPER NEWPORT BAY
CISTACEAE
Shrubs or woody herbs, about 8 genera and 160 species, native mostly in the Northern Hemisphere, a few planted for ornament. Leaves opposite or sometimes alternate, simple, entire, the stipules leafy, small or 0; flowers regular, usually bisexual, solitary or in racemes or panicles; petals 5, rarely 3 or 0, usually fugacious; stamens numerous, hypogynous, the filaments free and slender; ovary superior, sessile, 1-celled or falsely 5-10 celled by ingrowing partitions, with two to many ovules borne on parietal placentae; fruit a capsule dehiscent by 3-10 valves. (Bailey 679).

Upper Newport Bay species within the family:
ROCK-ROSE FAMILY
Cistus creticus