West Highland Flora

Japanese Rose


Rosa rugosa

 

Rosa rugosa

Photo Carl Farmer
30 Sep 2003 Portree, Skye (planted specimen)

Not native.  Often planted for hedging and sometimes escapes and becomes naturalised, especially in sandy or gravelly ground, often near the sea.

Flower diameter c 6-9 cm, hips c 2-4 cm wide.

ID: Flower and hip size outside range of any other rose found wild.  Red hips broader than long is also a diagnostic character.  If no flower or fruit present, told by stem densely clothed with slender spines which it shares only with Burnet Rose.  The latter has 4 or 5 leaflets on each side of most leaves whereas this species has 2-4.

Other features: Leaves are dark, wrinkled-looking from above, very downy below.  Stipules are very broad compared to other roses.  Flowers purple, pink or white.

 

Rosa rugosa

Photo Carl Farmer
30 Sep 2003 Portree, Skye (planted specimen)
 

Note the broad stipules at the base of the fruit-stalk


Back to species list