Rosa bracteata [Rosaceae]

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Scientific Name Rosa bracteata USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Macartney Rose ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Rosaceae (Rose) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Various soils in disturbed areas, roadsides, open fields, pastures, bayou edges, swampy thickets, etc.
Plant: Woody shrub up to 10 ft. tall and as wide with arching or climbing stems up to 15 ft. long; older stems with reddish brown bark, young stems green and hairy; stems armed with stout curved prickles.
Leaves: Alternate, odd pinnate compound leaves with 5 to 9 dark green, shiny leaflets, 1/2 to 1-3/8 inches long; leaflets are narrowly obovate to elliptic, evergreen and with finely serrate edges and "pricklets" on the underside.
Inflorescence: Flowers usually solitary or in panicles at the ends of branches; each one 2 to 2-3/4 inches across with 5 white petals and numerous stamens; pedicel, hypanthium, and sepals covered with white hairs.
Bloom Period: May to October.
Fruit: Hairy round, orange-red rose hips, about 1-3/8 inch across.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Flora of North America and Alabama Plant Atlas.
BONAP Distribution Map

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