Rosa spithamea

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

Rosa spithamea is a species of rose known by the common name ground rose. It is native to Oregon and California, where it grows in forest and chaparral habitats, especially areas recently burned.


Rosa spithamea is a small shrub growing no taller than about half a meter. The stem is studded with a few or many prickles. The glandular leaves are each made up of several double-toothed oval leaflets, the terminal leaflet up to 3 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a cyme of up to 10 flowers with pink petals each up to 1.5 centimeters in length. The fruit is a rose hip about a centimeter wide.

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