Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Cherokee Rose - Rosa laevigata   Michaux
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AuthorMichaux
DistributionLower Piedmont and Sandhills. First collected in NC in Orange County by C.L. Kuhn in 1977 near Lake Clearwater.

Native of Asia; in N.A. NC to FL and TX. The name of Cherokee in the most often-used common name might suggest that this is a species native to the U.S. According to Weakley (2018), the discoverer -- Andre Michaux -- thought that it was a native species, when he first found it in the 1790s; this suggests a very early introduction onto the continent of this rose species.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatDisturbed Longleaf Pine woodland, roadside thicket, near lake.
PhenologyFlowering March-May; fruiting September-November.
IdentificationCherokee Rose clambers or climbs over other vegetation and may reach 30 feet long. Stems are glabrous (at least distally) and have stout thorns. Flowers are white, 2-3 inches in diameter, and very showy. Macartney Rose (R. bracteata) is similar, but its stems are hairy and glandular.
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