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Rosa sericea

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Rosa sericea
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rosa
R. sericea
Binomial name
Rosa sericea

Rosa sericea, the silky rose,[1] is a species of flowering plant.

The closely related Rosa omeiensis is sometimes treated as a subspecies of R. sericea.



It is native to south-western China (Guizhou, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan), Bhutan, northern India (Sikkim), Nepal and Myanmar; it grows in mountains at altitudes of 2,000–4,400 m (6,600–14,400 feet).



It is a shrub growing 2 m (6+12 feet) tall and is often very spiny. The leaves are deciduous, 4–8 cm (1+583+18 inches) long, with 7–11 leaflets with a serrated margin. The flowers are 2.5–5 cm (1–2 inches) diameter, white, with (unusually for a rose) only four petals. The hips are red, 8–15 mm (5161932 inch) diameter, with persistent sepals, and often bristly.



There are four formae:

  • Rosa sericea f. sericea
  • Rosa sericea f. glandulosa T.T.Yü & T.C.Ku.
  • Rosa sericea f. glabrescens Franchet.
  • Rosa sericea f. pteracantha Franchet.

Cultivation and uses


Rosa sericea f. pteracantha is grown as an ornamental plant for its large, bright red thorns.



  1. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.