Rosa multiflora - Banner
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Location: Searcy County and Clay County, Arkansas
Month of Photograph: May
Distribution Map: Rosa multiflora - Distribution Map Spacer
USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (, 16 January 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Spacer Guests can be assured that there is established evidence that this plant has been found in all of the green filled counties of Arkansas. However, the white filled counties should not be interpreted as counties in which this plant does not grow. They should instead be interpreted as counties which lack officially sanction evidence of the plants presence there.

Family: Rosaceae

Flower, close

Rosa multiflora - Flower Close
Rosa multiflora - Whole Plant Whole Plant

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Rosa multiflora - Flower Ventral View Flower, ventral view
Rosa multiflora - Flower Ventral View
Rosa multiflora - Stem and Prickle Stem, Prickle (thorn) and fringes on leaf stem
This feature of the Rosa multiflora - the "fimbriate stipule" (comblike growths at the base of the leaf stalk) - is a distinguishing characteristic of this invassive rose. If you see a fimbriate stipule don't plant the thing.

The Plant Conservation Alliance Says, " Multiflora rose is extremely prolific and can form impenetrable thickets that exclude native plant species. This exotic rose readily invades open woodlands, forest edges, successional fields, savannas and prairies that have been subjected to land disturbance."

Rosa multiflora - Stem and Prickle

Apparently botanists do not care for the word "thorn" to describe what my mom would call "stickers" in the picture on the left. They like the word "prickle" better for "stickers" on a rose bush. For other shaped "stickers", "stickers" that are more slender, they like the word "spine". Hummmm. . . . Actually, there is something of a method to this botanical madness. Botanists must be precise in their use of language. The adjective must convey with precision what the botanist has observed. There is just one rub. Not all botanists use "prickle" to describe "sticker" on a rose bush - makes it tough for the rest of us..

Rosa multiflora - Leaf Adaxial Leaf, adaxial
Rosa multiflora - Leaf AbaxialLeaf, abaxial
Rosa multiflora - InflorescenceInflorescence
Rosa multiflora - Flower Lateral View Flower, lateral view