West Highland Flora

Northern Downy Rose


Rosa sherardii

 

Rosa sherardii

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Jun 2003 Portree, Skye

Common on edges of woodland or scrub, or alongside burns and bushy roadsides.

Flower diameter c 4 cm

ID: Prickles slightly curved, not deeply hooked like Dog Rose, but not completely straight either.  Hips have stalked red glands on the surface.  Leaves hairy beneath, at least on the veins.

Other features: Flowers white or pink.  Young leaves a rather bluish-green.  Stiuples have upper lobes spreading outwards, not inwards as in Soft-leaved Rose.  Does not have long arching stems like Dog Rose but can be up to 2 m high.  Branches somewhat wavy.  Leaves usually with red glands on the underside, never with brown ones.

 

Rosa sherardii

Photo Carl Farmer
7 Jun 2003 Portree, Skye
 

Note stalked glands on receptacle and sepals

 

Rosa sherardii

Photo Carl Farmer
7 Jun 2003 Portree, Skye
Stem 2 cm diameter

 

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