Cistus osbeckiifolius is a shrubby species of flowering plant in the family Cistaceae, with pink to purple flowers. Cistus osbeckiifolius is a shrub usually up to 1.2 m (4 ft) tall, although it may reach 1.55 m (5 ft). Its three-nerved leaves are narrow, lanceolate to elliptical in shape, and slightly pointed at the apex. They are densely covered with simple hairs. The flowers are about 5 cm (2.0 in) across, with pink to purple petals. The stigma is longer than the stamens. The fruiting capsules are brown and covered with hairs. Cistus osbeckiifolius was formally named in 1887 (the epithet was originally spelt osbeckiaefolius). Philip Webb collected in the Canary Islands in 1828–1830. Although he gave this species a name and wrote a description, it was not published in his lifetime (he died in 1854). In 1887, Heinrich Christ published Webb's description, along with those of other plants in Webb's herbarium. The epithet osbeckiifolius means "with leaves like Osbeckia". A 2011 molecular phylogenetic study placed C. osbeckiifolius as a member of the purple and pink flowered clade of Cistus species, along with other Canary Island endemics. A subspecies, C. osbeckiifolius subsp. tomentosus Bañares & Demoly, has been recognized (hence creating the nominate subspecies, C. osbeckiifolius subsp. osbeckiifolius), although as of March 2015 The Plant List does not accept this taxon.