Rosa canina dog rose Rosaceae ROCA*; Q, j;


Rosa (Accessed 5/2014).

Rosa canina is a prickly shrub to 3 m tall, branches arching; stipules wide above. 

Leaves alternate, pinnate, leaflets 5-7, 2-4 cm long, elliptic, margin toothed. 

Flowers white to pink, 4-5 cm wide, clusters of 1-3, floral base smooth, sepals lobed, deciduous. 

Fruit hard achenes enclosed in fleshy, bright red rose hip (hypanthium),1.5-2 cm long, elliptic (Rehder 1986). 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Horticultural plant. Sometimes escaped or persistent in overgrown natural areas.