Rosa gymnocarpa
Common name: 
Little Wood Rose
Wood Rose
Baldhip Rose
RO-za jim-no-CAR-pah
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf deciduous shrub, erect, finely branched, to 6 ft (1.8 m), stems slender, armed with fine, needle-like, prickles, mixed with bristles.  Leaves alternate, compound, 5-9 leaflets, each 1-4 cm, elliptic to ovate to round, often tinged with brown or purple and covered with a dull waxy bloom, usually hairless on both sides.  Stipules narrow.  Flowers pink, solitary or up to 4 in a cluster, 2.5-4 cm wide.  Fruit (hip) spherical to pear-shaped, red, 6-10 mm, smooth (i.e., Baldhip Rose), calyx deciduous; hips remain on plants throughout the winter.
  • Sun to shade.  Moist to drier soils.  
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5      Native to much of the west, from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast and from British Columbia to southern California.
  • gymnocarpa: naked fruit, [possibly a reference to the smooth, hairless fruit (hip), with a deciduous calyx].
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