Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Memorial Rose - Rosa lucieae   Franchet & Rochebrune ex Crepin
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AuthorFranchet & Rochebrune ex Crepin
DistributionAcross the state, with large gaps. Likely to be found elsewhere.

Native of China, Japan, Korea; in N.A. MA to IA, south to FL and TX; CA.
AbundanceUncommon throughout.
HabitatRoadsides, railroad margins, hiking trail, edge of deciduous woods, above waterfall, alluvial woods, creek bank.
PhenologyFlowering May-July; fruiting September-October.
IdentificationMemorial Rose is popular in cultivation, and is more apt to escape than our other alien roses except for Multiflora Rose (R. multiflora). The stems creep along the ground up to 6 feet or so, but usually branch to form loose patches. Leaflets are small, darker green, shiny, and more rounded than our other aliens. Flowers are white to rosy, single or double, up to 1.5 inches across. Multiflora Rose is similar but its flowers are about 1 inch across, it tends to climb well above the ground (often to 10 feet up), and it has tomentose flower stalks that are only 5-12 mm long; R. luciae has flower stalks that are glabrous and 18-25 mm long.
Taxonomic CommentsNote spelling of lucieae, not luciae. A long-used synonym is R. wichuraiana.

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