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Field Rose ?

Observed: 20th September 2011 By: ex-royalex-royal’s reputation in Plantsex-royal’s reputation in Plantsex-royal’s reputation in Plantsex-royal’s reputation in Plants

A flower with 5 white petals in a cup shape, a multitude of yellow stamen and only slightly curved, almost insubstantial, thorns.

Species interactions

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Species with which Burnet Rose (Rosa spinosissima) interacts


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I am very sorry to have taken so long to respond to the query. The thorns were straight, and I agree this probably makes it either Rosa spinosissima or Rosa pimpinellifolia. How are they differentiated I wonder?


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Rosa sp.

Hello again Alan. To answer your query, 'pimpinellifolia' is the name the Burnet (or 'Scotch') rose used to be called. It has been reclassified and is now known as 'spinosissima'. I do know that the Field Rose does not occur in the west of Scotland (unless as an introduction) whereas the burnet rose is more common on coastal areas. I have to say, however, I am puzzled as to why no-one else has either agreed with the observation or suggested an alternative.