Rosa acicularis
Family: Rosaceae
acicular rose, bristly rose, prickly rose
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Etymology: Rosa: ancient Latin name whose meaning has been lost
Plants: erect, perennial, up to 40"+ tall, clone-forming shrub; stems densely prickly on most of the stem and internodes, thorns straight and unequal
Leaves: pinnately-divided with 5 or 7 elliptical to oval, often twice-toothed leaflets
Flowers: pink to dark rose, 5-parted, 1"-2 1/3" wide, only on last year's side branches, the sepals persistent; flowers usually solitary
Fruits: purplish, smooth, berry-like hips
Habitat: upland woods, hills, rocky banks
Conservation Status: Native