Name/Όνομα: Τουπεραρία η σταλαγμώδης
Scientific name/Επιστημονικό όνομα: Tuberaria guttata (L.) Fourr.
Common name/Όνομα: Annual rockrose, Spotted rockrose
Tuberaria guttata is an annual herb to 30cm high. The stem is erect, usually unbranched, slender, cylindrical; lower part purplish, covered with long and soft straight white hairs (villous), the most of the length of the upper part is green and bears similar hairs, at the top is glabrous or thinly villous. All leaves 3-nerved; lower leaves in a loose rosette, broadly elliptic or obovate, simple, entire, sessile, with stellate hairs and scattered simple hairs below, simple hairs above; stem leaves opposite, smaller, narrow-lanceolate, sessile, apex acute, margins often deflexed, occasionally stipulate; usually basal leaves shrivel during flowering time. Flowers are hermaphrodite and actinomorphic, in lax and terminal cymes; pedicels reddish, glabrous; peduncle glabrous or thinly hairy; petals 5, obovate, yellow, glabrous, apex cuneate or slightly wavy or irregularly short-dentate, with a distinct purplish-brown blotch at the base, imbricate; sepals 5, unequal, the 2 outer smaller, ovate to lanceolate, acute or subacute, green, the 3 inner ovate, convex, whitish-green, very often brown or black-spotted; stamens many all fertile, filaments free, yellow, glabrous; ovary superior, style 1, stigma 1, capitate. The fruit is an ovoid capsule. Flowering time February-May. Native to Western and southern Europe. A common plant in Cyprus and it is founded at gariggues, maquis, waste places, dry hills, sandy ground, from 0m- 1000m alt.