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Dog rose hips in winter

Observed: 8th December 2012 By: Rachy RamoneRachy Ramone is knowledgeable about PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in Plants
1212 Rosa canina

Shiny red hips (or possibly haws, have never known the difference) found on long arching reddish stems, well thorned.
Typical location - in amongst a mixed hedgerow of Hawthorn and Blackthorn, with an underplanting of brambles and nettles.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Dog Rose (Rosa canina) interacts


lavateraguy's picture

fruit nomenclature

The simple distinction is that a haw is the fruit of Crataegus, and a hip is the fruit of Rosa - but Wikipedia does give rose haw as an alternative to rose hip.

Both hips and haws are accessory fruits. A haw is a pome. A posh name, rarely used, for a hip is a cynarrhodion (I had to look up the spelling).

In both cases the bulk of the fruit is formed from the hypanthium. They differ in the nature of the "true fruit" enclosed within. (A rose hip contains multiple achenes.)

Rachy Ramone's picture

Thank you!

Always happy to learn extra stuff.

I did take the precaution of checking on google, after boldly making the statement, and yes, Rose Hip and Rose Haw appear to be interchangeable, while Haw by itself seems to be taken as the fruit of the Hawthorn.

Which would be logical.

I lived in East Anglia for a while, and out there, Rosa fruits were always Rose Haws.

Mind you, they were a bit *bites off reference to inbreeding and nine-fingered banjo players*...

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