Shrubs of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Rosaceae
Rosa carolina (Carolina Rose)
Flower colorpink
Number of petals5
Petal statefree
Leaf persistencedeciduous
Leaf arrangementalternate
Leaf groupingpinnately compound
Leaf marginserrate
Leaf/leaflet shapeovate/elliptic
Fruit typefleshy
Fruit colorred
Flowering datesmid-June
Fruiting datesAugust
HabitatDry woods, rocky ridges
LocalityBare Mountain, Mount Norwottock.
DescriptionA low shrub about 1 - 2 feet tall. The compound leaf has 3-7 leaflets. The spines at the nodes are paired and straight. The flowers are about 2 inches across. The red fruits have glandular hairs.
CommentR. virginiana also occurs in the Mount Holyoke Range. It is similar to R. carolina in appearance but has distinctly curved paired spines at the nodes.
Habit photoKBS
Habit photo 2KBS
Flower photoPW
Flower photo 2PW
Fruit photoKBS
Leaf photoKBS