Rosa multiflora

ROSE FAMILY (Rosaceae)

This fast-growing, non-native shrub stands alone or sprawls over other vegetation up to 15 feet high (A). The twigs are armed with sharply recurved prickles (C). Its compound leaves have 7 or 9 oblong leaflets (A,D). The flowers, arranged in dense cluster, have 5 white (rarely pink, see "E") petals and yellow stamens (B). The fruit is a red rose hip (D).

Found along roadsides, creeks and open woodland, flowering in May and June. In Fontenelle Forest, uncommon along Camp Gifford Road. At Neale Woods, rare on MRE Trail.

This aggressive shrub is being controlled by cutting and up-rooting.

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