Common name: Cherokee Rose
Rosa laevigata Michx. APNI*
Description: Rampant shrub, often climbing, branches glabrous with hooked prickles.
Leaves pinnate, mostly 3-foliolate or rarely 5-foliolate; leaflets elliptic to ovate, 15–60 mm long, 10–20 mm wide, margins toothed, glabrous.
Flowers solitary, 6–8 cm diam., white, fragrant; bracts not prominent; pedicel and calyx bristly. Hip ovoid, c. 20 mm long, bristly.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated, not fully naturalized. Native of China.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by G. J. Harden & A. N. Rodd
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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