Rosa gymnocarpa is a perennial shrub growing up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) in height. Its stem is covered with long, straight spines which may or may not be abundant.
The pink or white fragrant flowers are flat and open-faced with five petals in most any shade of pink to almost lavender. Its fruit is a red rose hip containing hard tan achenes that contain the seeds. The sepals fall away from the hip earlier than in other species of rose, hence the name bald-hip rose. The leaves are pinnately compound, alternate, with five to nine leaflets, each of which are 1 to 4 cm. Leaflets are elliptic to ovate to round.
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- Media related to Rosa gymnocarpa at Wikimedia Commons
- Data related to Rosa gymnocarpa at Wikispecies
- Jepson Manual Treatment - Rosa gymnocarpa
- USDA Plants Profile: Rosa gymnocarpa
- Rosa gymnocarpa - Photo gallery of plant, flowers and hips