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Wild Rosemary Overview
Genus with around 36 shrub species with branching growth habits, some species possess spines and some are aromatic. They have hard, grey-green, waxy, ericoid leaves which are small and linear in shape, the edges are rolled and almost meet in the middle. This is an adaptation to reduce water loss. They are arranged oppositely most often, but some species may be arranged alternately and some have clustered foliage. Originating from Africa, this genus is part of the daisy family, Asteraceae (Asteraceae). Most species produce clustered flowers and a few species produce solitary flowers. These are white and appear woolly and spherical in shape, this woolliness develops following flowering. The flowers are surrounded by modified leaves known as bracts. This genus is termed heterogamous as it produces a mixture of 2 or more sexual forms, these are bisexual flowers with both male and female reproductive structures and a few female flowers.