Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Rosa gymnocarpa - Wood Rose
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Family Name: Rosaceae
Common Names: Wood Rose, Dwarf Rose
Origin: Native to California
Habitat: Forests and shrublands, 30-2000 m.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Shrub, 0.5-2 m
Comments on overall growth: Loose shrub, prickly throughout.
Bark and Stem Description: Gray-brown color, with slender, round straight or up-curving prickles.
Foliage Description: Compound, with 5-9 leaflets. Leaflets elliptic to almost round, margin doubly toothed, terminal leaflet 1-3 cm, lower surface glabrous or with thick glandular hairs.
Infloresence Description: Flowers mostly solitary, at branch tips.
Flower Description: Flowers 2-3 cm across. 5-petaled, dark rose on front and light rose on back of petals, occasionally 2 lobed at tip. Petals easily lost. Deciduous sepals.
Flowering Season: May-August
Fruit Type: Achenes enclosed in a fleshy hypanthium.
Fruit Description: Mature rose hip ovoid to pear-shaped, orange red, 5-10 mm by 4-6 mm.