Rosa minutifolia

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Rosa minutifolia
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rosa
Species: R. minutifolia
Binomial name
Rosa minutifolia

Rosa minutifolia is a species of rose known by the common names Baja littleleaf rose,[1] Baja rose, and small-leafed rose.

Distribution and Range[edit]

This is a very spiny, dense shrub native to the chaparral plant community of Baja California, where wild populations are extant, and San Diego County, California, where it is now extinct in the wild.[1]

Stems: Branches are grey to red-tinted and covered by both long and short prickles.

Leaves: The leaves of Rosa minutifolia are the smallest of the genus Rosa,[1] with shiny, toothed leaves composed of small leaflets only about half a centimeter wide.

Flowers: Ranging in colour from deep to pale pink, rarely white, with masses of yellow-anthered stamens. Flowers appear in late winter, but blooming can occur almost year round in cultivation.


Rosa minutifolia is grown in gardens as an ornamental.


  1. ^ a b c Carol Bornstein, David Fross, Bart O'Brien 2007. "California Native Plants for the Garden". Cachuma Press. ISBN 0962850586 (paperback) ISBN 0962850594 (hardcover). pp 173

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