Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Rosa californica - California Wildrose
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Family Name: Rosaceae
Common Names: California Wildrose, California Rose
Origin: Native to California
Habitat: Moist areas near streams, in canyons, and wooded hills. Bellow 1600 m.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Shrub, 0.8-2.5 m
Comments on overall growth: Erect, branched shrub. Often forms thickets.
Bark and Stem Description: Gray-brown color, with few stout, downward curved, flattened prickles.
Foliage Description: Compound, with 5-7 leaflets. Leaflets oval, margin singly or doubly toothed, terminal leaflet 1.5-6 cm, lower surface densely pubescent.
Infloresence Description: 1-20 flowers clustered together.
Flower Description: 5 petals, rose-pink, 10-20 mm long. 5 sepals, extended tip, persistent.
Flowering Season: May-August
Fruit Type: Achenes enclosed in a fleshy hypanthium.
Fruit Description: Rose hip red, round. Achenes hairy.