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Rosa gymnocarpa
bald-hip rose

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington, though more common west of the crest; British Columbia to California, east to Montana.

Habitat: Dry to moist woods, forest edge, and thickets, from sea level to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, beetles


Slender, lax shrubs 3-13 dm. tall, usually bristly with slender prickles, occasionally unarmed.


Leaves alternate, deciduous, odd-pinnate with 5-9 leaflets, with stalked glands on the leaf rachis; leaflets elliptic to elliptic-ovate, 1-4 cm. long and 0.5-3 cm. wide, doubly serrate, the teeth gland-tipped, otherwise glabrous.


Flowers small, scattered at branch ends, usually solitary, the pedicel slender, glandular; sepals 5, 5-12 mm. long, broadly lanceolate at the base contracted to a slender, tailed tip, early-deciduous; petals 5, 1-1.5 cm. long, light pink to deep rose; stamens numerous, pistils many, the styles early-deciduous.


Hips 1 cm. long, pear-shaped, scarlet or vermillion; sepals early deciduous and not present on mature fruits.

Accepted Name:
Rosa gymnocarpa Nutt.
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. 1(3): 461. 1840.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Rosa dasypoda Greene
Rosa prionota Greene
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Rosa gymnocarpa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Rosa gymnocarpa checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Rosa gymnocarpa information.

E-Flora BC: Rosa gymnocarpa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Rosa gymnocarpa photos.

USDA Plants: Rosa gymnocarpa information.

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