Rosa spp.

Family Rosaceae

Notable Features
Leaves: Alternate*, pinnately* compound* leaves vary somewhat from species to species, yet all have an odd number of leaflets*, usually no more than 9, and are single or double toothed*; leaflets occasionally wrinkled.
Stems: Stems usually have large prickles* protrude from the larger stalks.
Fruit/ Flowers: Bright, five-petaled and colorful flowers appear in the spring and summer (varies with species); usually pinkish in color. Fruits spherical and shiny, bright red or orange with 5 prominent calyx lobes* on top, referred to as "hips*".
Size/ Shape: A large and showy shrub, growing to quite a large size if allowed to climb.

Location on Campus

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Back of Spingold Theatre next to X-Lot. Also found between Slosberg Music Hall and the front of campus.

The pulpy rose hips can be eaten raw off the bush or used in jam. The rose petals and fresh or dried hips can also be steeped to make tea, and the petals can ve candied.

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