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Rosa woodsii  Lindl.
Woods' rose
Rosa woodsii is a shrub that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Rosa
Family: Rosaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Joshua Tree Woodland, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Rosa woodsii from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (ROWO)

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[Wikipedia] Distribution, Habitat, Description, Cultural Impact: Rosa woodsii is a species of wild rose known by the common names Woods' rose,[1] interior rose,[2] common wild rose, mountain rose, pear-hip rose, and prairie rose.[3] Distribution and habitat It is native to North America including much of Canada and Alaska and the western and central United States. It grows in a variety of habitats such as open woods, plains, stream banks, stony slopes[4] and disturbed areas.[1] In the Sierra Nevada, it grows to 11,200 feet (3,400 m) in moist, rocky soils in mixed coniferous forest, upper montane forest, and subalpine forest.[2] Description Lighter pink flower, at 7,000 ft (2,100 m) in the Eastern Sierra Lighter pink flower, at 7,000 ft (2,100 m) in the Eastern Sierra Growth pattern Rosa woodsii is a perennial[4] bushy shrub which grows up to three meters tall. The shrubs can form large, dense thickets. The plant reproduces sexually by seed and vegetatively by sprouting from the root crown, layering, and by producing root suckers.[1] Leaves and stems The stems are straight, red to grey-brown and studded with prickles.[3] The deciduous leaves are each made up of several widely spaced sharp-toothed leaflets up to 5 centimeters long. Inflorescence and fruit The inflorescence is a cyme of up to a few fragrant flowers with five petals in any shade of pink and measuring up to 2.5 centimeters in length. Flowers bloom between May and July and have many stamens and pistils.[3] The fruit is a red rose hip which may be over a centimeter long and matures in August to September.[3] They can be eaten, used in tea or as medicine.[5] Cultural impact The flower was featured as one of four different wildflowers on postage stamps issued by the United States in 2022. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 12/06/2023).